A Job Is Not a Hobby: The Judicial Revival of Corporate Paternalism and Its Problematic Implications
Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 41, P. 71, 2015
76 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2015 Last revised: 8 Apr 2016
Date Written: 2015
This article connects the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to the history of “corporate paternalism.” It details the history of employer efforts to restrict the freedom of employees, and legislative attempts to ensure worker freedom. It also highlights the role of employment in healthcare coverage, and situates the Affordable Care Act’s “minimum essential guarantees” in a historical and global context. The article also discusses how Hobby Lobby combines with the Supreme Court’s earlier decisions in Citizens United and National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius to constrain the government’s ability to extend the social safety net, and shows how those decisions put pressure on corporate law itself.
Note: The article was the subject of lectures to the Securities Regulation Institute of Northwestern University School of Law and the American Constitution Society Student Chapter at Harvard Law School.
Keywords: Hobby Lobby; corporate law; corporate paternalism
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