Employers Should Review How Plan Documents Define Spouse in Light of Recent Benefits Litigation

By on May 14, 2013

by Lisa K. Loesel, Todd A. Solomon, Jacob Mattinson and Brian J. Tiemann

Two recent cases challenging benefit eligibility for same-sex spouses highlight the need for employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans to clearly define "spouse" for eligibility purposes. Employers may want to review their plan documents to determine whether plan amendments are needed to clarify benefit eligibility for same-sex spouses in light of the upcoming ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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