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Key same-sex marriage ruling: Big impact on benefits

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman.

Depending on how the court rules, married same-sex couples could become entitled to several federal benefits and legal protections, including the ability to obtain employer-sponsored medical benefits tax free. Look for oral arguments in the spring, with a ruling in June. (Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry)

The Supreme Court will hear other employment-related cases during its 2012-2013 term involving: the definition of “supervisor” under Title VII, class-actions under the FLSA and how far ERISA-covered plans can go to get reimbursed when beneficiaries also collect damages from other plans.

For details on these important cases, read "Supreme Court will address key employment law cases this term."

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