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Update on Same-Sex Employee Benefits

In recent months employers around the country, have been scrambling to keep up with developments with respect to the evolving rights of employees in same-sex relationships. This articles touches on some recent guidance in...more

DOL Seeks to Extend FMLA Rights Relating to Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on June 27, 2014, announcing a proposal that would expand the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include all...more

IRS Publishes Post-Windsor Guidance in Notice 2014-1

A significant amount of confusion remains for employee benefit plan sponsors regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor and its holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act...more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2013: The World Post-Windsor: Rethinking Benefit And Leave Policies For Same-Sex Spouses

Following a highly-publicized U.S. Supreme Court decision and subsequent guidance from both the Labor Department (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), employers need to rethink how they treat same-sex spouses under...more

IRS and DOL Guidance Clarifies Post-DOMA Questions

The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor have issued recent guidance to clarify the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor. The new guidance addresses some of the implications of the federal...more

Same Gender Spouses – The IRS and Department of Labor Now Agree

In Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (Ruling), the IRS stated that for purposes of federal tax laws, same-gender couples who have been legally married in a jurisdiction (domestic or foreign) that allows same-gender marriage will be...more

U.S. Department of Labor Follows IRS Ruling on Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced that same-sex couples legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage will be treated as married for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security...more

How to Handle Employee Benefits with Same-Sex Marriages: BB&K's John Wahlin Looks at What Changes Should be Made in Light of the...

With this summer’s Supreme Court rulings on DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Prop. 8 allowing same-sex marriages to be recognized in states that allow them, private sector and public agency employers in California...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 10, 2013: Same-Sex Spouses—What Does the Supreme Court's Ruling on DOMA Mean for Employers?

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Section 3 of DOMA prohibited the federal government from acknowledging...more

EmployerLINC Employment Law Update - FMLA leave and same-sex spouses

After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding same-sex marriages in United States v. Windsor this summer, a number of governmental agencies charged with administering employment laws have issued explanations...more

Time to Do Something About It: Governmental agencies issue revised policies in light of Windsor decision

Earlier this month, we blogged that it was “Time for Employers to Review Their Family Medical Leave Act Policies Following the Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down DOMA.”....more

Focus on Guidance on the Implications of the Windsor Decision Recognizing

It has been two months since the release of the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision recognizing same-sex marriage and the guidance on implementing this decision is just beginning....more

ALERT! The DOL Takes Its First Step Toward Extending Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

Critical employment policies and benefits can depend on whether an employee has a “spouse,” but just who is legally considered a “spouse” has evolved significantly....more

DOL Clarifies FMLA Leave Entitlement for Same-Sex Spouses

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, employers should review and, if necessary, revise their FMLA policies and procedures to ensure compliance. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently clarified that...more

Act Now Advisory: FMLA Update: Protected Leave Available to Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") announced that, as of August 9, 2013, it had updated guidance documents to remove references to the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") in order to affirm the availability of spousal leave...more

FMLA Policy Changes Employers Should Make in Light of Windsor and the DOL’s New Guidance

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) provision defining marriage as between one man and one woman....more

Department Of Labor Extends Family And Medical Leave Act To Same-Gender Couples

On August 9, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulatory guidance confirming that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same benefits of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as heterosexual married couples...more

Deconstructing DOMA: The DOL Takes Its First Step Down The Path Toward Extended Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) just took the first of "many steps" it plans to take over the coming months to implement the United States Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, striking down...more

DOL Issues Clarification Of FMLA Rights For Same-Sex Spouses

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just issued updated guidance for employers concerning the rights of same-sex spouses under the Family and...more

FMLA Coverage Extended to Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on August 9 issued a revised Fact Sheet to provide guidance on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections for same-sex couples....more

DOL Extends FMLA Benefits to Same-Sex Married Couples

Same-sex married couples now are eligible for the spousal leave provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), according to Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. This pronouncement comes in light of the Supreme Court’s...more

U.S. Department of Labor Updates FMLA Guidance Documents to Implement Supreme Court's DOMA Decision

On August 9, 2013, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez issued an internal memorandum to DOL staff members on the Department's efforts to implement the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in U.S. v. Windsor,...more

U.S. Department of Labor Extends FMLA Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in States That Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As reported in the Wall Street Journal (“U.S. Extends Family Leave to Same-Sex Couples,” August 9, 2013, by Melanie Trottman and Kris Maher) and Employment Law 360 (“Labor Dept. Extends FMLA Coverage To Same-Sex Spouses,”...more

Same-Sex Marriages and Employee Leave Entitlement After Windsor

In Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal laws to ignore same-sex marriages that are legally entered into...more

What the Supreme Court's Defense Of Marriage Act Ruling Means For Employers

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages. ...more

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