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Employee Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

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WA[Eligible for 1.00] — Must self-apply for credit.

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1 Hour 3 Minutes

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Course Description

The recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage had major implications on employers across the country. Whereas employers once had great discretion over whether to offer benefits to same-sex married couples, the issue has now progressed to involve a significant amount of employer obligation.

In this program, employment attorney Todd Solomon provides a legal background for federal and state law pertaining to same-sex marriage the groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions that changed the legal landscape. He covers the impact these decisions have had on employee benefit plans such as retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and the taxation of benefits. He then focuses on some next level issues that that are getting an increasing amount of attention from employers and the media, including the future of benefits for unmarried partners and transgender benefits for transgender employees.

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Todd Solomon

Todd A. Solomon is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Chicago office. Todd focuses his practice primarily on designing, amending, and administering pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans, 403(b) plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. He also counsels privately and publicly held corporations and tax-exempt entities regarding fiduciary issues under ERISA, employee benefits issues involved in corporate transactions, executive compensation matters, and the implementation of benefit programs for domestic partners of employees. In addition to an array of pro bono work, Todd is the author of the First-Seventh Editions of Domestic Partner Benefits — An Employer's Guide, which were published by Thompson Publishing Group, and is a frequent speaker on employee benefits issues resulting from domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages. Todd is a contributing editor for the Employer's Handbook: Complying With IRS Employee Benefits Rules, also published by Thompson Publishing Group. He is also a periodic contributor to the Huffington Post.