Richard Birmingham

Richard Birmingham

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

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

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

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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