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Pensions Alert: Benefits for unmarried cohabiting partners

by DLA Piper on

Last week the Supreme Court issued a unanimous judgment in a case concerning a claim by the unmarried cohabiting partner of a member of a public service pension scheme that she should be entitled to receive a survivor's...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19494 - State v. Berrios - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37045 - Hickey v. Commissioner of Correction - AC33954 - Burr Road Operating Co. II, LLC v....more

New DOL Rule Redefining “Spouse” Temporarily Placed on Hold

by Butler Snow LLP on

A new Department of Labor rule defining “spouse” for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was to take effect March 27, 2015, but on March 26, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction staying...more

Same-Sex Couples Now Receive Equal Coverage Under The FMLA

by Genova Burns LLC on

On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”)’s new regulation revising the definition of “spouse” to include those in same-sex marriages went into effect expanding the definition of spouse under the Family and...more

Supreme Court Passively Clears the Way for Same-Sex Marriage

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review all seven same-sex marriage cases with petitions for certiorari pending before it. The Court’s refusal to hear the appeals means that the lower...more

Married Same-Sex Couples Should File Protective Claims For Tax Refunds Now

by Carlton Fields on

When the Supreme Court ultimately decides United States v. Windsor, it could strike down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibits married same-sex couples from receiving the federal benefits provided...more

A New Term in the U.S. Supreme Court: Cases to Watch

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court began a new term that is anticipated to include decisions on hot-button issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage and national security. The Court will also hear several...more

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