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Benefit Plans After the DOMA Decision

November 12th | 1:00 p. m. CT

Slides will be posted on the UBA website the day before the webinar.

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 90-minute intermediate level 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.


Presenters will be Lisa M. deFilippis and Joy M. Napier-Joyce. deFilippis is Of Counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Ms. deFilippis 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.

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 and leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group.