Epstein Becker Green Provides List of Issues to Help Sponsors of Retirement Plans and Benefits Professionals in Light of Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

NEW YORK (June 26, 2013) - The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green has published a list of Benefit-Related Issues to Review, to help plan sponsors and benefits professionals address issues surrounding the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

"This is intended to be a high level review since many questions remain unanswered," said Joan Disler, chair of the firm's National Employee Benefits Steering Committee. "We expect that new issues will become apparent as we review further. However, for participants in those states where same-sex marriage is recognized, changes in administration may be required now."

The list was developed by Disler; Jeffrey A. Lieberman, a Member of the Firm's Employee Benefits practice; and Hyun-Jeong Kim, an Associate in the Employee Benefits practice. The list includes issues pertaining to Retirement Plans as well as Health and Welfare Plans. Retirement plan administrators can receive information and guidance on issues such as hardship distributions, qualified domestic relations orders, qualified joint and survivor annuities and spousal consent.

The Health and Welfare Plans section includes information on tax effects of health insurance, tax-equalization agreements, qualifying events, COBRA, health FSAs, and HIPAA. The authors state, "These and other issues will need to be considered in light of the requirements of applicable law to benefit programs, and also after reviewing carefully the effect of each plan's provisions, as currently drafted."

The Employee Benefits Client Alert is available online. The authors are also available for media interviews.

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Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a national law firm with approximately 275 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. The firm is uncompromising in its pursuit of legal excellence and client service in its areas of practice: Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Corporate Services, and Employee Benefits. Epstein Becker Green was founded to serve the health care industry and has been at the forefront of health care legal developments since 1973. The firm is also proud to be a trusted advisor to clients in the financial services, retail, and hospitality industries, among others, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our commitment to these practices and industries reflects the founders' belief in focused proficiency paired with seasoned experience. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com

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