Employee Benefits: How the Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling Will Impact FMLA Obligations, Healthcare Coverage and More
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In one of the most anticipated decisions of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Section III of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, which paves the way for same-sex couples to potentially enjoy many federal benefits that they weren't entitled to before.
There are many questions about how this decision may affect employers, specifically concerning FMLA leave eligibility and employee benefits.
There is also a concern about additional issues that may arise in the coming months, as there is a good possibility that the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and other federal agencies may update regulations now that DOMA no longer precludes federal recognition of same-sex spouses.
With all of these changes and more on the horizon, it's crucial for you to understand the issues at hand and the impact the Court's rulings will have on your organization's policies and practices.
By participating in this interactive webinar, you'll learn:
- Key issues employers across the country should be prepared to address following the Court's ruling
- Why state-by-state analysis will likely be required before determining what changes to benefit policies and plans may be necessary
- The tax implications the decision has on qualifying same-sex spouses covered under employee benefit plans
- What the Court's ruling means for same-sex spouses seeking spousal rights to pension and retirement plans
- Why this blockbuster decision won't automatically bring change to some employee benefit issues, including the issues the jury is still out on
- How to tell if a same-sex spouse would be entitled to coverage under a healthcare plan (Will health plans have to start requiring coverage for same-sex spouses in states where same-sex marriage is recognized under state law?)
- The impact the Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor has on FMLA rights for same-sex spouses
- The anticipated timing of regulations to implement the delivery of federal benefits for same-sex spouses
- And more!
In just 90 minutes, you'll get up to date on how the DOMA ruling affects your policies so you can keep your organization in compliance. Register now for this timely event risk free.
About your presenters:
Kate DeForest is an attorney with Sulloway &Hollis, PLLC, in New Hampshire, where her practice focuses on labor and employment, business litigation, and health-care issues. She regularly assists employers in the private and public sectors with a wide range of employment law issues, from employment-related decisions and policies to the defense of wrongful termination and discrimination claims. Ms. DeForest has written on the constitutional challenge to DOMA for www.HRlaws.com, and her law firm is affiliated with the Employers Counsel Network, which is comprised of top-level law firms in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Canada.
Jason P. Lacey, a partner with Foulston Siefkin LLP, in Kansas practices primarily in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, and executive compensation. He assists both taxable and tax-exempt employers with a wide variety of employee benefit and executive compensation issues, including design and administration of welfare benefit plans and qualified and nonqualified pension, retirement savings, and deferred compensation plans. He is a contributing author for the Benefits Complete Compliance manual, published by BLR, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits/ERISA law. Mr. Lacey has written on the DOMA case for www.hrlaws.com, and his law firm is affiliated with the Employers Counsel Network, which is comprised of top-level law firms in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Canada.
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