In Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal laws to ignore same-sex marriages that are legally entered into under an applicable state law is unconstitutional. The Windsor decision will significantly affect employee leave entitlement under state and federal law.
Employers with operations in California should ensure their policies and practices are in compliance with the state’s new employment laws going into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The new laws will affect the day-to-day operations of many businesses.
The long-term impact of health care reform remains hazy, but some California businesses may get health care cost relief from an unlikely source: a drop in COBRA enrollees.