Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, and subsequent guidance from the federal government, legal advisers recommend that employers sift through their benefit plans and employee policies to ensure compliance for 2015.

The Windsor decision essentially struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defined marriage as only between individuals of the opposite sex. Bob Ellerbrock, a counsel at corporate law firm Balch & Bingham, recommends that employers and benefit decision-makers take a look at their definition of the term “spouse” in all plan documents.

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