April 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Airline customers complain about being mistreated daily, but Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg took his grievance all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately for Ginsberg, the court sided Wednesday with Northwest Airlines Inc., now merged into Delta Air Lines Inc., in a case that had put carriers on edge. The ruling strengthens the industry's hand when fighting litigation filed by disgruntled passengers by bolstering a 36-year-old federal law that limits its exposure to such claims.
March 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply criticized part of President Obama's healthcare law Tuesday, suggesting they will rule later this year that requiring Christian-owned corporations to offer their employees contraceptives coverage violates the freedom of religion. “Your reasoning would permit requiring profit-making corporations to pay for abortions,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy told U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who defended the contraceptives provision of the Affordable Care Act. The administration's lawyer warned that the court would be adopting a “dangerous principle” if it gave employers a right to exempt themselves from federal laws based on their religious beliefs.
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March 21, 2014 |
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
March 3, 2014 |
SB 1062 , the Arizona bill that would have made it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians (and other people), was vetoed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer. But some social conservatives won't let the subject go. They're making two (related) arguments: that critics of the bill who denounced it as “anti-gay” hadn't really read the legislation and that, if they had, they would have realized that it was simply a state variation on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton.
March 3, 2014 |
Mark A.R. Kleiman is out this week with the single most comprehensive look at the trend toward legalizing pot you're likely to find. He doesn't spend much space on the pros and cons of legalization -- almost anyone can tick those off on the fingers of both hands -- but on the right way to do it, and the wrong way. Short version: Colorado and Washington are doing it the wrong way, and the federal government's hands-off approach isn't making things...
March 2, 2014
Re "Vaccinations, not scare tactics," Editorial, Feb. 27 As The Times says, religious beliefs should not legitimize acts contrary to the compelling societal interest of improving public health with vaccines. Religion-rooted controversies lately have arisen largely due to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. This law was prompted by legitimate concern over federal infringement on Native American religious practices. However, opportunistic members of Congress decided to go further.