December 2013: The Supreme Court and DOMA:
Benefits Can Be a Factor in Employee's Planning Process
By Howard Koransky, MetLife
This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) making insurance benefits that were previously only available to opposite-sex couples available to same-sex couples. While the law has been a huge step forward for many couples, there are open issues and implications that still need to be clarified and addressed, leaving some benefit issues ambiguous. Read More...
Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage: Four Benefits Areas to Consider
By Paula Andruss, Entrepreneur magazine
Business owners should be aware of how the policies for the employee benefits and entitlement programs they offer are affected by the new federal requirements related to DOMA. Competing state and federal regulations may be confusing, but not complying with legislation carries risks. Read on for four benefits-related considerations. Read More...
DOMA's Impact on Benefits
By Tom Starner, Human Resource Executive
The DOMA decision creates a new employee benefits reality for many employers. The ruling has wide-ranging implications for most workplace benefit plans, including the need to revisit the definition of "spouse" to ensure that it’s consistent with the employer's intent. Experts share suggested basic measures employers can follow to manage potential DOMA scenarios. Read More...
The Supreme Court and DOMA - December
Costs from Lack of Coverage Can Be Significant - October
Innovative Work-Life Balance Programs - September
New Twists on Enrollment Communications - June
Learnings from 20 years of FMLA - May
Becoming an Employer of Choice - April