DOMA: We Have Answers!

On September 6, 2013 By Tevis

A little over three weeks ago, we published our initial Alert on DOMA’s Demise (2013-21) noting that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would need to provide guidance on a number of issues. Well, Thursday afternoon (August 29, 2013), the IRS … Continue reading


DOMA’s Demise: What it Means for Health and Welfare Plans

On August 7, 2013 By Tevis

The United States Supreme Court’s (USSCT) recent decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will have a major impact on employer-sponsored health and welfare plans. Key questions remain. Unfortunately, plan sponsors will need to … Continue reading


August 2013 BenefitsBuzz

On August 2, 2013 By Tevis

Employer Mandate Delayed The Obama Administration has postponed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) large employer mandate penalties for one year, until 2015. The Department of the Treasury announced the delay on July 2, 2013, along with a similar delay for … Continue reading


Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage in California

On June 26, 2013 By Tevis

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court announced decisions in two significant cases regarding laws affecting same-sex marriage: The federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA), which limited marriage to opposite-sex unions for purposes of federal law; and … Continue reading


2012-8 – First Circuit Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

On June 8, 2012 By Tevis

Last week, the First Circuit found that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. (The three-judge panel, which issued a unanimous opinion, included two Republican appointees and one Democratic appointee.) The First Circuit has put a “hold” on … Continue reading