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  • Benefit Plans After the DOMA Decision

    Posted on November 14, 2013

    Below is the link to the November 12, 2013 UBA Employer Webinar Series:  “Benefit Plans After the DOMA Decision”



    The Supreme Court’s decision that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional raised many questions for employers.  The IRS and the Department of Labor have now released guidelines for handling some of the issues related to providing employee benefits to same-sex spouses.  In this webinar we will discuss the guidelines that have been issued, what group and retirement plans need to do to comply with this decision, ways to deal with the uncertainties created by the Court’s ruling and when employers need to act.   The DOMA decision only affects same sex marriage – employers still need to deal with benefits and tax issues if they choose to offer coverage to domestic partners.  Our speakers will review the imputed income rules.  They also will discuss reasons employers may want to re-evaluate their plan eligibility rules in light of this decision.


    Lisa M. deFilippis, Of Counsel – Jackson Lewis LLP

    Lisa M. deFilippis is Of Counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis LLP.  She is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group.  She has practiced employee benefits law for 25 years, advising a wide range of businesses and organizations in various industries, including manufacturing, sports management, health care, professional practice, tax exempt organizations, universities and government entities.


    Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Partner – Jackson Lewis LLP

    Joy Napier-Joyce is a Partner in the Baltimore office of Jackson Lewis LLP.  She counsels clients in a broad range of benefit matters, including general compliance, administration of qualified retirement plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, and welfare plan issues involving cafeteria plans, health plans, flexible spending accounts, group insurance products, COBRA and HIPAA.  She is a member of the Jackson Lewis Health Care Reform Task Force.



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    Please feel free to watch/listen to this whenever it is convenient for you and your staff. It will be available for you to view for the next 11 months. Your name and email are required for registration. There is no cost however this webinar has been approved for one credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Once you have viewed the webinar, the last page will provide details on receiving the credit hour.

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