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The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Video Interview: Discussing the Ramifications of Extending FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday night, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, a U.S. federal judge in Alabama ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants May Apply for Employment Authorization

President Obama’s immigration executive order provides an opportunity for certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants to obtain employment authorization. Until now, H-4 nonimmigrants were not permitted to work in the...more

More Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Work Authorization For H-4 Spouses

In a new draft rule notable not only for its substantive content but also for the fact that it represents another incremental immigration reform measure undertaken by executive action in lieu of stalled Congressional...more

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Is Out, Same-Sex Marriages Are Legal

As the 2012 term of the U. S. Supreme Court comes to a close, the Justices left the most politically and emotionally charged decisions for last. On June 26, 2013, the Court handed down its decision striking down the federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Defining “Marriage” Is Unconstitutional

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in United States v. Windsor, ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. With...more

Results of State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in their states. In addition, voters in Minnesota rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as an opposite-sex union....more

Upcoming State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage

Voter referendums on same-sex marriage will be on the November ballots in four states: Maryland, Washington, Maine and Minnesota. The outcome of these referendums may complicate the options and obligations of employers in...more

Employment And Labor Roundup: Defense Of Marriage Act Decision, Drugs, NLRB Update, And More!

Giddyap! It's been a short week, but we have tons to talk about in the labor and employment law world! Thinking out loud about the impact of yesterday's DOMA decision on the Family and Medical Leave Act. The U.S. Court...more

Shared Parental Leave – what will it mean for the City of London?

Shared Parental Leave – what will it mean for the City of London? The advent of shared parental leave will bring about a major cultural change. HR practitioners will no doubt be keen to learn from countries that have...more

Chief Justice Ronald M. George: The Most Notable Opinions

For the final day of our profile of retiring California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, we offer our own subjective list of the Chief Justice’s most notable opinions. If anyone has a nomination for a favorite case that...more

New Challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act

On September 15, 2009, a bill (H.R. 3567, entitled the "Respect for Marriage Act of 2009") was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to "ensure respect for...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin - March 18, 2009

1. Openers 2. The ABC's Of Immigration, Employer Compliance Series: Part III – Re-verification and Recordkeeping of I-9 Forms 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News ..Undocumented Immigration Numbers See...more

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