Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples
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Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples helps you understand the pros and cons, as well as the legal requirements, concerning offering pension, welfare and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and same-gender spouses and walks you through the process of establishing and running a benefits program that extends to them.
With Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples you can:
- Easily determine who should receive benefits and who does not qualify
- Stay up to date on federal, state and local laws regarding domestic partner benefits, domestic partnerships, and same-gender marriage
- Avoid potential pitfalls regarding taxes, payroll/withholding, HIPAA, and more
- Save time with sample documents, plans and strategies so you can form the best plan for your company
- Answer any question about challenging benefits arrangements, such as adoption assistance
Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples, from the editors of Thompson Information Services, 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...
- Defining "domestic partner"
- Deciding who should receive domestic partner benefits
- How an employer can and should respond to recognition of same-gender marriage
- The nuts and bolts of setting up and running a plan
- Tax, payroll/withholding, plan administration, FMLA, COBRA and HIPAA-relatedissues
- Effect of federal, state and local laws and court rulings
- How same-gender marriage and civil unions relate to domestic partner benefits
This edition of Guide to Benefits for Domestic Partners and Same-Gender Couples also provides an updated discussion of same-gender marriage that includes the following:
- the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor;
- same-sex marriage becoming legal in more states;
- guidance from IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor on how tax and DOL regulations, as well as ERISA, apply to same-gender spouses and marriages;
- the tax treatment of benefits extended to same-gender spouses; and
- the complications employers face due to the divergence between the federal government and the majority of states regarding recognition of same-gender marriage and spouses.
- Single-issue, softbound publication.
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.
Brian J. Tiemann is a member of the Employee Benefits Practice Group in the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery. He is a frequent author and speaker on employee benefits issues resulting from domestic partnerships and same-gender marriages.