Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage refers to marriage between two individuals of the same sex. Historically, such marriages have not been legally recognized. However, there has been a growing trend to expand marriage rights to... more +
Same-sex marriage refers to marriage between two individuals of the same sex. Historically, such marriages have not been legally recognized. However, there has been a growing trend to expand marriage rights to same-sex couples. The United States Supreme Court addressed aspects of this issue in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry.  less -
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Texas Court Puts a Halt on DOL Enforcement of the New FMLA Rule Extending Leave Rights to Same-Sex Couples

A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that (for the time being) has stopped enforcement of the DOL’s final rule regarding the definition of spouse. Under the new rule, which was scheduled to take effect...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2015

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses - Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation? - New Year’s Resolution Continued: The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement - The Corporate Board: The False Claims...more

2015 Check-In — Have you updated your policies and documents?

Earlier this year, we posted a checklist outlining key issues and action items for compliance in 2015. With the first quarter coming to a close, we want to remind you of a few important items from that checklist that required...more

What Employers Should Know about the FMLA and Same-Sex Marriages under New Department of Labor Rules

After the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, federal agencies have been moving to align federal policies and procedures with the holding of that case. ...more

Health Care E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - The Federal False Claims Act - Violations of Conditions of Payment or Conditions of Participation? - State Regulatory...more

Employment Law - March 2015 #2

California Legislation to Consider: Protections for Unpaid Interns and Volunteers - Why it matters: In this issue of the newsletter, the focus of our review of new California laws shifts from leaves of absence...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Regarding the Definition of "Spouse" Under the FMLA

In another effort to remedy the chaos caused by the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the DOMA in June of 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its final rule defining who is a “spouse” for purposes of the federal...more

FMLA Leave Extended to Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expands coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

FMLA Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include marriages legally entered into by same-sex couples. This revision expands the FMLA’s reach...more

Redefining the Term "Spouse" Under the FMLA

For employers that operate in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage and for those that operate in multiple states, the Family Medical Leave Act's (FMLA) application to same-sex partners of employees has been a...more

FMLA To Cover Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses Beginning Next Week: What This Means For Employers

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expand coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

Same-Sex Marriages Recognized for Inheritance and Realty Transfer Tax Purposes

In Inheritance Tax Bulletin 2015-01 and Realty Transfer Tax Bulletin 2015-01, issued on February 25, 2015, the PA Department of Revenue announced its policy concerning same-sex marriages and the impact of the May 20, 2014...more

Federal FMLA in Flux: “Spouse” Revised and “Expired” Forms Revived

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division announced a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Effective March 27, 2015, the federal...more

Same Sex Couples Now Have Options

Before yesterday, when I prepared estate planning documents for same-sex couples there was a quagmire of issues that had to be addressed, since the State of Florida did not recognize same-sex marriages. As of yesterday, all...more

Top Ten Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2015

Get the inside track on the key ethics and compliance industry trends that will impact your business in 2015—and get the resources you need to help you plan for the year ahead—in our annual Top Ten Predictions and...more

New Rule Defining Spouse Under the FMLA - Becomes Effective March 27, 2015

The Department of Labor has enacted a final rule updating the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the FMLA. This rule will provide the same benefits to any employee in a legal same sex marriage, if the marriage was legal...more

New FMLA Regulations Will Affect Texas Employers

Texas does not recognize same sex marriage, so the natural thought would be to deny a request for an employee to take FMLA leave to care for his or her same sex “spouse” from a marriage in another state. ...more

New FMLA Regulations Expand the Definition of Spouse to Include Same-Sex Marriages

Rules governing family medical leave for gay couples will soon reflect the rapid changes sweeping the nation. Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013) courts across the nation...more

DOL Rulemaking Puts Employees in Same-sex Marriages on Equal FMLA Footing

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s)Wage and Hour Division issued a Final Rule on February 25, 2015, revising the federal regulations defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include all legally married...more

Revised Definition of "Spouse" Under FMLA Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that amends its FMLA regulations and provides employees in same-sex marriages the right to take leave to care for a spouse with a serious medical condition. The new rule,...more

Department of Labor Amends the FMLA Definition of “Spouse”

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) adopted new regulations that define the term “spouse” for purposes of the FMLA based on the “place of celebration” rule. Under this rule, the term “spouse” includes all...more

The Sky Was Falling Legislative Update February 2015

This week in Raleigh the sky was falling! – well it was snowing! The news in Raleigh was dominated by snow and ice and skeleton sessions and empty calendars. However there were a few items of interest: Fee...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

DOL Amends Rules to Extend FMLA Benefits to More Same-Sex Spouses

Last week, the Department of Labor issued new regulations changing the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a spouse with a serious health...more

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