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Hiding Behind Faith

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A reasonable amount of uncertainty, speculation, and even fear is expected with any change. Recently, we have seen a change among states and laws governing child welfare agencies and same-sex adoption....more

Employment Law This Week: Whistleblower Case Dismissed, ADEA Claims, Future Trump NLRB, NY Paid Family Leave [Video]

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

The public policy case against retroactively applying new trust law

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The Supreme Court of Bermuda by statute amendment (Dec. 11, 2015) has been granted a power to declare that the rule against perpetuities shall not apply to a trust instrument executed before the amendment’s effective date,...more

Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land

by Ruder Ware on

Effective tomorrow, September 2, 2016, new IRS final regulations will take effect which provide that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another...more

New Jersey Employer’s Fear of Employee’s “Ugly Divorce” Forms Basis of Marital Status Bias Claim

In Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad, (A-19-14, June 21, 2016), the New Jersey Supreme Court broadly interpreted the prohibition against marital status discrimination in the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to protect a person...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Broadly Defines “Marital Status” Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently interpreted the state’s antidiscrimination law in an expansive manner, concluding that a broad spectrum of individuals can file suit and claim that their employers unfairly discriminated...more

Unhappily, Ever After: NJ Supreme Court Rules Divorcing Employees Protected by NJLAD

by Genova Burns LLC on

Unfortunately, not all marriages are happily ever after. When divorce seems inevitable, losing your job as a result of a looming divorce is something no employee wants to worry about. On June 21, 2016, the New Jersey...more

Supreme Court's Four-to-Four Decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore Leaves Open Question About Application of Equal...

by Baker Donelson on

In its first evenly split vote since the death of Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court last week affirmed an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore that spouses who guarantee...more

Federalism “On Fleek” or Fifty Separate Fiefdoms? State Chief Justice Says Obergefell Is Not the Law in Alabama

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent, public clash between the highest legal authorities of the United States and one of its constituent states, Alabama, illustrates the promise and the problems of this country’s unique system of dual sovereigns, known...more

IRS Provides Additional Guidance on Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages under Benefit Plans

In IRS Notice 2015-86, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided guidance to sponsors and administrators of employee benefit plans regarding the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to...more

A New Challenge to Anti-Nepotism Rules Based on Marital Status Discrimination

In a newly filed lawsuit that has garnered some publicity, a Shelton high school teacher is suing the Shelton Public Schools over the imposition of an anti-nepotism rule which she claims constitutes marital status...more

Health Care Coverage for California Employers After Obergefell v. Hodges

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage-equality decision this summer (Obergefell v. Hodges), we now have full equality between same-sex and opposite-sex spouses under federal and state law. That decision affects...more

Choosing Sides in a Divorce: Does it Apply to Employers Too? NJ Supreme Court Weighing Contours of “Marital Status” Discrimination

In a case reminiscent of the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Cheryl leaves Larry, forcing their friends to choose post-split allegiances (to Larry’s dismay, Ted Danson, the Funkhousers (Super Dave Osborne and Blossom) and...more

Five Months after Same-Sex Marriages Held Constitutional: Where Are the Courts Headed on the Unanswered Questions?

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No. 14-556, holding that state bans of same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. Specifically, the...more

IRS Proposed Regs Redefine the Terms “Husband” and “Wife”

by Cole Schotz on

The Supreme Court has recently struck down state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 US ___ (2015), after previously striking down the federal exclusion of same-sex couples from...more

Lessons Employers Can Learn from Kentucky Clerk’s Same-Sex Marriage License Dispute

by Cozen O'Connor on

Almost every day the news carries an additional story about Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kim Davis story may be...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges on Healthcare Coverage for Same-Sex Couples

In a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges released on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court held that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, expanding the right...more

Impact of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that states may not deny same-sex couples the right to marry, finding that doing so violates the Fourteenth Amendment. Writing for the five-justice majority, Justice Kennedy...more

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in...more

Marriage Equality – Law Of The Ninth Circuit And Law Of The Land

by Snell & Wilmer on

Sometimes, things become clear when you are forced to explain them in simple terms. As I prepared to travel to San Francisco last September to join the legal team at oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I...more

Obergefell v. Hodges – Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in all 50 States

by Snell & Wilmer on

Same-sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States - In 2013, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) which defined marriage, for Federal purposes, as...more

Health and Welfare Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after Obergefell: A New Mandate for Employers?

After last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, employee benefit plan sponsors may wonder whether Obergefell affirmatively imposes an obligation for employers to provide health, life,...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Overview

by Carlton Fields on

Many couples who could not marry now can. The United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges framed the issue of the fundamental right to marry and the choice to commit to and intimately associate with the...more

Employee Benefits After The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

by Varnum LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges establishes a national right to same-sex marriage and requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Generally speaking, this...more

Same-Sex Marriage and Employment Discrimination: The Future of Sexual Orientation Bias Claims

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. In Oberfell v. Hodges, the Court held that Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment – commonly referred to as the Equal...more

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