Marriage ruling streamlines benefits administration

By Nick Otto, Employee Benefit News


Friday’s landmark ruling on gay marriage could pose both challenges and benefits to employers, as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision irons out the patchwork system of laws across the country, but brings up new questions on current domestic partnership policies.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court determined that states must issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, as well as recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

“The nice benefit for employers is the decision will help simplify benefits since all spouses will be treated uniformly,” says Tami Simon, managing director for Buck Consultants at Xerox. “We’re all sort of happy, because we believe it’ll allow for easier administration and hopefully turn into some savings for employers.” To read more check out Nick Otto’s article on Employee Benefit News.

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