Monday, May 18, 2009

Supreme Court rules for AT&T on case involving pension credit for unpaid maternity leave


In a complicated case involving retired women who had taken maternity leave while at AT&T, the 9th Circuit had ruled that the company had to count unpaid maternity leave toward pension benefits. The Supreme Court overruled that holding today, 7-2.

The Reuters story is by James Vicini, link here.

The case is AT&T Corp v. Hulteen, slip opinion link here.

The Bush administration had backed AT&T, saying that Congress did not make a pension credit law (regarding unpaid paternal leave) retroactive. That may sound surprising for a “family values” administration.

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