4 Takeaways From High Court's ERISA Exemption Ruling

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (June 5, 2017, 8:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to extend ERISA's religious exemption to church-affiliated, even if not church-established, benefit plans alleviated a major financial burden for hospitals that sought to avoid the statute's restrictions, though it may have opened up a new front for litigation over employee retirement plans.

The court sided with New Jersey, California and Illinois hospitals in upending federal circuit decisions for employees who sought the law's protections. However, such plans could still face state challenges in state court since no Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption defense exists, and issues remain to be litigated with the specific plans...

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