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.
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. Read the Court's full opinion here.
A soon to be effective U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) revision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations’ definition of “spouse” will change how Texas employers have to respond to same-sex-spouse-related leaves.
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. This ruling expands potential FMLA coverage as a result to same sex spouses. Employers will have to fine tune administration of FMLA leave to determine whether leave related to a same sex spouse issue should be granted. The employer will have to grant FMLA leave to an employee for legitimate, covered requests for a same sex spouse, if the affected employee resides in a state that recognizes same sex marriage.