The NY Times has a new ‘podcast’ that began this week….I listened to the inaugural show….it is monitored by NY Times Reporter, Michael Barbaro and is titled ‘The Daily’….today’s topic was ‘Making Sense of the Gorsuch Pick’….this really has nothing to do with Human Resources today but ultimately….somewhere/sometime, down the road, it may. If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed, as I already think he should be, then he will be ruling on labor and employment matters just as his predecessor and mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia.
If you have a chance, please listen to the podcast. I receive the NY Times daily briefing each morning (I also still have the Sunday NY Times delivered to my doorstep, which affords me and my daughter digital access to all publications of the NY Times) and there is a ‘link’ from my digital daily briefing to the podcast with a ‘written’ summary of the program. I thoroughly enjoyed listening today from a very ‘American’ perspective.
Today’s primary guest was David Green, the CEO and owner of Hobby Lobby, the corporation that challenged the US Government on ‘Obama Care’ and various types of birth control. Judge Gorsuch was on the bench at the time and ruled that the government was not required to pay for contraception as ordered by the Affordable Care Act. What I did not know is that there were only four (4) drugs in question; Hobby Lobby was not fighting to forego paying for all contraception…they were already paying for 16 different contraceptives. What they actually sued the government for was not wanting to pay for two (2) different types of morning after pills and two (2) different types of IUD’s (Intra Uterine Devices) that the owners felt violated their right to religious freedom.
Since many individuals feel that our Republic is being challenged and we are making ‘history’ each and every day, I thought it would be interesting and enlightening to let my readers be aware of another ‘factual’ site. The basic purpose of this BLOG today is to let you know about the new ‘podcast’ as well as inform you all of the parting question of the day: ‘When did you first feel part of history?’ There is a phone number to call and leave a message, if one is so inclined. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about this question….I’ve been debating….Was it when JFK was assassinated? Was it when I went into downtown Philadelphia (bagging high school for the day) to see RFK? Was it the day that MLK was killed? Maybe Woodstock? How about when the Challenger blew up in the sky? I watched that live and I still remember the fact that the first ‘citizen teacher’ was in space….Christa McAuliffe’s parents were being filmed simultaneously as the Challenger exploded….or was September 11, 2001?
I am now in awe of the fact that one of the leading global publications is reaching out to give both sides an opportunity to ‘speak’ and all individuals an opportunity to opine. I have never shopped in Hobby Lobby; I, mistakenly, thought that Hobby Lobby was against paying for all birth control for all employees. As stated above, that was not the case. I learned that we need to remember to both listen and read and we need to focus on our understanding of what we are listening to and reading prior to forming an opinion….in essence, obtain all the facts prior to discussions on the topic.
Our work places are strained, families are fighting and friends are avoiding one another…let’s all try to relax and accept our Electoral College results….and let the processes available to all of us as Americans fall into place. Speak up when the need arises but, most importantly….be informed.
As I stated before, Justice Scalia was a champion of religious rights and freedoms from my perspective….I applauded his position on a number of labor and employment issues and I frowned on others….it is sort of what has made our democracy work. Yes, we are being challenged at this point in time….maybe more than we have ever been challenged before….I seem to believe that the Civil War may have kept this country ‘on its toes’ but I also believe that we are extremely divided ideologically and we need to have a voice of reason come from somewhere to help us all move forward….
…..Accepting this decent man on the Supreme Court may not be what we want as individuals but I’m sure his decisions will ultimately protect our work places and our work ethics….something that is tantamount to our success as a nation. A prominent legal scholar and liberal in Justice Gorsuch's home of Colorado....stated very succinctly.... 'Justice Gorsuch is a decent man; we could do worse'.
If you have any questions regarding workplace ethics, labor laws and employment issues, please contact Rosanne Bennett, GPHR, SPHR, CPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 484-947-7063.