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After DOMA—Understanding New Laws, Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses in the Workplace

OKC Metro Employer Council Meeting
Brandon P. LongBrandon P. Long
Charles S. PlumbCharles S. Plumb

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as being unconstitutional, the impact of the ruling quickly spread to the workplace. With the terms “marriage” and “spouse” re-defined, certain benefits and protections that once were only extended to opposite-sex spouses are now available to same-sex spouses. While some guidance from the federal agencies impacted by the decision, including the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor, has been forthcoming – albeit murky at times – many questions still remain.

McAfee & Taft employee benefits attorney Brandon Long and labor and employment attorney Charlie Plumb unravel the landmark Supreme Court decision and subsequent guidance that has been issued by federal agencies, discuss the ruling’s possible wider-reaching implications, and provide employers with insights and practice advice for implementing the new rules in the workplace.