Proposed changes to the FMLA redefine “spouse”

On June 27 the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will alter the Family and Medical Leave Act. This is something that everyone who has over 50 employees must pay attention to and be prepared to make the appropriate changes. Major features of the notice According to the USDOL announcement …

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Benefits Managers to be busy since DOMA declared unconstitutional

  The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced a couple of decisions that will impact HR departments in many states. The major decision that attracted the most press was that a part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional. As a result benefits managers nationwide will be busy. Section 3 …

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Same-Sex Civil Unions: States vs. Federal Recognition

There is a movement toward more and more states recognizing same-sex civil unions. The two most recent are Rhode Island and New York. This brings the total to five, the other three being Delaware, Hawaii and Illinois. The state civil union laws generally grant to civil union parties all the legal rights, benefits, protections and …

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