Christine Hawkins

Christine Hawkins

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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ERISA Litigation Review

The courts have been busy in 2014, addressing a variety of issues in the employee benefits field in decisions that impact everyone from union travelers to ESOP fiduciaries. This advisory summarizes a selection of the 2014...more

9/19/2014 - Blue Cross Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty IRA IRS Multi-Employer Pensions Negligence Non-Profits Religious Institutions TPAs Traveling Employee

FMLA Rights Extended to Same-Sex Spouses Based on Law of State Where Employee Resides

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently updated Fact Sheet #28F: Qualifying Reasons for Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. For purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the term “spouse” includes a...more

10/7/2013 - DOL Employee Benefits Employee Rights FMLA Residency Status Same-Sex Marriage

New IRS Guidance on Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor changed the tax treatment of benefits provided to legally married same-sex spouses and their dependents. Prior to the Windsor decision, employers were required to treat any...more

10/1/2013 - Employee Benefits FICA Taxes FUTA IRS Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

REMINDER: Oct. 1 Deadline for ACA Marketplace Notice Approaching

All employers, except for the relative few that are not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), are required to provide a written Notice to their employees regarding the coverage options available under the federal...more

9/23/2013 - Deadlines DOL FLSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Marketplace Notice

UPDATE - Same-Sex Marriage Cases: Immediate Impact on Benefit Plans

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Windsor v. United States holding that same-sex marriages valid under state law are now recognized at the federal level, thereby transforming the treatment of...more

7/1/2013 - Civil Unions COBRA DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA FMLA Hollingsworth v Perry Income Taxes Proposition 8 Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Standing US v Windsor

Same-Sex Marriage Cases: Are Your Benefit Plans Prepared?

News articles, social media, protests, and lunchroom conversation were all dedicated to the two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States could potentially transform...more

3/29/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOMA Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Equal Protection ERISA Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

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