Supreme Court To Hear Case Over Religiously Affiliated Hospitals’ ‘Church Plan’ Exemptions
Employees of the three hospitals -- including California-based Dignity Health -- in the case have accused the systems of being big businesses posing as church organizations in order to avoid minimum funding and reporting requirements on employee pension plans.
Supreme Court Takes Christian-Affiliated Hospital Pension Case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law. New Jersey-based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois-based Advocate Health System and California-based Dignity Health each appealed separate federal appeals courts rulings that refused to throw out the employee lawsuits. The justices agreed to hear all three cases. (Pierson, 12/2)