Jun 30, 2014, 11:44 am EDT
In a 5-4 decision handed down on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a company that objected to paying for workers’ birth control under an Affordable Care Act mandate.
Hobby Lobby, owned by a Christian family, argued that forcing it to pay for birth control under employee health insurance infringed on its religious rights. The court’s conservative justices agreed, finding that closely-held companies like Hobby Lobby would have their free exercise of religion mitigated by the law, USA TODAY notes.
However, the majority limited the scope of its ruling to companies owned by a small group of people, like Hobby Lobby. The majority also noted that the Obama administration has already created a work-around to provide contraceptive coverage to women who work for religious non-profits, under which insurers pay for the birth control. Read
Jun 26, 2014, 12:02 pm EDT
Furniture retailer IKEA plans to boost the minimum wage it pays its workers in the U.S.
IKEA currently pays a minimum wage of $9.17 per hour to workers in the 38 stores it operates in the U.S, substantially higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. IKEA will raise its minimum wage to $10.76 an hour, USA TODAY notes.
An IKEA executive says the retailer is hiking its minimum wage because it wants to “create a better everyday life for our coworkers.” Read
Jun 25, 2014, 4:44 pm EDT
The Supreme Court, ruled on Wednesday, that it’s illegal for police to search a person’s cellphone without a warrant.
The Supreme Court justices came to a unanimous decision regarding cellphones needing a warrant to be searched. The justices stated that a cellphone was much more than a simple social convenience and that it could hold private information, reports the Associated Press.
However, this doesn’t mean that police can’t still confiscate a cellphone. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, police can choose to take cellphones, but will still require a warrant to look through them. To protect the cellphones from remote encryption, they can place them in a bag that blocks signal. Police can also choose to take the battery out of the cellphone, the Associated Press notes. Read
Jun 25, 2014, 2:37 pm EDT
Indiana just became the latest state to lift its ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Richard Young issued a ruling that allows same-sex couple to get married.”Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana,” he wrote.
“These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street,” Young added. “The Constitution demands that we treat them as such.” Read