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11th Circuit Court of Appeals Mandates Proactive Gathering and Review of SSA Information in LTD Benefit Review

Not long ago, the Unites States Supreme Court in MetLife v. Glenn, 128 S. Ct. 2343 (2008) gave a stern warning to plan fiduciaries who required a claimant to apply for disability benefits with the Social Security...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether RIF-Related Severance Pay Is Subject to FICA

Although some would argue that the next U.S. Supreme Court term is not shaping up to be as monumental as the last term, employers should have their eye on the recent decision of the Court to hear United States v. Quality...more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more

The Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions Sets the Stage; As Disputes Arise, so Does Opportunity for ADR

Recently the United States Supreme Court issued long anticipated rulings in the first marriage cases to reach the high court – United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. ...more

DOMA No More, And What Does That Mean For Me In Maryland?

In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act known as DOMA, which defined marriage at the federal level as “only a legal union...more

DOMA: Waiting For The Drop of The Other Shoe

Maryland has joined the ranks of those states that permit same sex marriages. So many are now asking, “What’s left?” What’s left is the other shoe – the Defense of Marriage Act, or “DOMA” as the pundits refer to it. In...more

ERISA Legal News - 1st Quarter, 2013 • Volume 4, Number 1

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Update: Where Plan Reimbursement Or Recovery Terms Are Ambiguous Or Silent,Equitable Doctrines May Fill The Gaps: US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, 569 U.S. ___ (2013). In an...more

In Plain English…What are the Legal Issues at Stake in Same-Sex Marriage?

Most everyone is aware that the United States Supreme Court heard two historic cases this week focused on same-sex marriage. One involves California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages (which was then rendered...more

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