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Jul

22

2016

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Get Ready for EEOC Activity on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Sexual Discrimination Charges

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has begun pursuing in earnest charges and lawsuits based on sex discrimination under Title VII for sexual orientation and transgender discrimination.

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Jun

27

2016

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5 Essential Estate Planning Basics for Same-Sex Couples & LGBT Individuals

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Last week, hundreds of Pride events took place across our nation to celebrate and support the LGBT community. In reflection of Pride Week, let’s discuss the necessity of estate planning for LGBT individuals and couples.

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Jul

1

2015

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Employers Gear Up For Changes In Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses After Supreme Court Ruling

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling Friday, June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

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Mar

31

2015

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Texas Employers FMLA Same-Sex Rule Put on Temporary Hold

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Just the day before the new DOL rule was to go into effect extending FMLA coverage to same-sex couples in Texas (and everywhere else) if the marriage was legally recognized in the state of celebration, a Texas federal court enjoined enforcement of the rule until further hearing. The federal case is Texas v. United States of America, No. 7:15-cv-00056 (N.D. Texas 2015).

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Mar

6

2015

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Rules Are Going To Change For Texas Employers On FMLA Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Effective March 27, 2015, a new DOL regulation will change the definition of spouse in a same-sex marriage to one recognized by the “place of celebration”. The revision effectively extends FMLA rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages for all marriages recognized in the state of celebration of the marriage.

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Oct

25

2013

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Supervisor Illegally Harasses Iron Worker Based on Gender Stereotypes

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs courts in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, joined many other federal courts recently in holding discrimination or harassment can be based on whether an employee conforms to a gender or sex stereotype.

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Sep

6

2013

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Are Same-Sex Marriages Treated Equally for Federal Tax Purposes?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Employers must treat same-sex marriages like other marriages for Federal Tax purposes.

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Jul

26

2013

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New Requirements and Considerations in Applying FMLA to Same Sex Couples

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The U. S. Supreme Court ruled recently that the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied recognition of marital status to couples of the same sex under federal law was unconstitutional.

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