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Quoted in article “Redefining the ‘Spouse’”

Human Resource Executive

Following is an excerpt:

At the end of November, the Department of Labor announced that its wage and hour division would be proposing a rule in March to revise the FMLA’s definition of "spouse" in response to the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor case in July 2013, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act's exclusion of state-sanctioned, same-sex marriages.

Many see the events as a bit of a "double-whammy" at the end of a year in which much of the focus has been on the Affordable Care Act and its implications. "Many of my clients are scrambling," says Angie Marie Hubbell, an attorney in the employee benefits and executive compensation group at Quarles & Brady in Chicago.

Originally published in Human Resource Executive, January 2, 2014