Richard Birmingham

Richard Birmingham

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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What Everyone Needs to Know About the Coordination of Severance Benefits, COBRA, and the ACA

In a common occurrence throughout corporate America, an employee terminates employment and as a result will lose company-provided health care coverage. To obtain health care coverage, the employee has two options: 1) elect...more

6/9/2014 - Affordable Care Act COBRA Employee Benefits Hiring & Firing Popular Severance Agreements Severance Pay Termination

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

Domestic Partner and Same-Sex Marriage Laws: Approval of Washington Marriage Equality Act and Impact on Employee Benefits

On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters approved same-sex marriage in Washington state. This advisory explains the impact of this new law on employee benefit plans and procedures, and revisits the treatment of employee benefits...more

11/13/2012 - Ballot Measures COBRA DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans ERISA QDRO Same-Sex Marriage

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