Wesley Covert

Wesley Covert

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Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Eliminates Presumption That Union Retiree Health Benefits Are Vested For Life

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a judicial presumption - commonly referred to as the Yard-Man presumption - that union retiree health care benefits are vested for life in the...more

2/10/2015 - CBAs Employer Group Health Plans Employer Healthcare Costs Health Insurance M&G Polymers v Tackett Retirement SCOTUS Vested Benefits Yard Man

Supreme Court Holds That The ACA Mandate To Include Group Health Coverage For Certain Contraceptives Violates The Religious...

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations may claim a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate of providing certain types of...more

7/21/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Mandates Healthcare Hobby Lobby SCOTUS

Employers Should Determine The Reasonableness Of Their Benefit Plans' Limitations Period Based On A Recent U.S. Supreme Court...

In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., the Supreme Court recently upheld a plan-imposed limitations period on a participant’s right to file suit for benefits so long as that period is not unreasonably short...more

1/31/2014 - Disability Employee Benefits Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. Limitation Periods SCOTUS Statute of Limitations

DOMA Update: IRS Releases Much-Anticipated Guidance Related To Same-Sex Spouses

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance regarding the federal tax treatment of same-sex spouses. In Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS clarified that it will consider a same-sex couple to be...more

9/4/2013 - DOMA IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

Citing Windsor, Two Courts Extend Spousal Rights To Same-Sex Couples Who Reside In States That Do Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As we previously reported, the decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) left open many questions, including the impact of the decision on states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Recent decisions...more

8/13/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection Preemption Profit Sharing Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Surviving Spouse US v Windsor

The Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Section 3 Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Has Far-Reaching Implications For...

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, holding that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages for purposes of...more

7/12/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Equal Protection Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

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