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Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples

Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples

Our newly-updated Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples helps you understand the recently changed legal requirements concerning offering pension, welfare and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and same-sex spouses. You’ll have the tools you need to adjust your benefits program so that your organization is compliance with Obergefell, the 2015 Supreme Court decision that established marriage equality nationwide.
The Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples will help HR professionals and service providers alike answer the following top-of-mind questions:

  • How do we need to accommodate or adjust the benefits we offer to employees’ same-sex spouses?
  • How do we manage the federal and state tax treatment of same-sex spouses and domestic partners under employee benefit plans?
  • If we’ve been offering domestic partner benefits, should we continue to do so now that same-sex marriage is recognized nationwide?
  • Should we still be making distinctions between benefits offered to same-sex versus opposite-sex domestic partners?


Major Topics Covered

The Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Sex Couples is a one-of-kind book featuring a model launch and timeline, model policies, notices, forms and affidavits, as well as real-life examples of what employers are doing. It addresses issues such as...

  • The effects of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell
  • The nuts and bolts of setting up and running a plan that accommodates employees who marry their same sex-partners
  • Tax, payroll/withholding, plan administration, FMLA, COBRA and HIPAA-related issues
  • Adjusting benefit plan documents language to comply with the new ruling
  • Whether any changes, such as a phase-out of coverage, should be made to the coverage and other benefit options provided to unmarried partners who are in a domestic partnership or civil union
  • Understanding transgender needs and sensitivities in the workplace

Format and Frequency

  • Single-issue, softbound publication.

Authors and Editors

Todd A. Solomon is a partner in the Chicago office of the McDermott, Will & Emery law firm. His practice includes a wide variety of employee benefits matters, including drafting and amending profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, pension plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. Mr. Solomon received his law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law. He is the author of Thompson’s Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples and also authored/co-authored editions 1 - 5 of that Guide, formerly known as Domestic Partner Benefits: An Employer’s Guide. Mr. Solomon is the contributing editor to Thompson’s Employer’s Handbook: Complying With IRS Employee Benefits Rules.