In June, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges. The decision requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions. This legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, its possessions and territories.
About two dozen other countries around the world have legalized same-sex marriages. The impact on employer-offered benefits varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but is often profound. In the United States, the effects will surface in the coming months, but among the changes anticipated are that the administration of plans may be simplified, and some benefits may be curtailed. Employers will want to be aware of the potential impacts of this law on their employee benefit plans.
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By Much Shelist.