June 17, 2014

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission (HRC) Executive Director Sharon Ortiz have released a joint letter to Washington state employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding healthcare benefits.  The letter applies in Washington state; however, the logic may apply elsewhere, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions

July 27, 2011

Earlier this year, this blog reported that Hawaii and Illinois had passed legislation recognizing civil unions.  Since then, Delaware and Rhode Island have also recognized civil unions and New York has recognized same-sex marriage. Read the rest of this entry »


February 10, 2011

On January 31, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that legalizes civil unions.  The new law will take effect on June 1, 2011.  This law entitles civil union partners to enjoy all of the legal rights and obligations of spouses under Illinois law. Read the rest of this entry »


December 11, 2010

Anyone who has worked for or with a multi-state employer knows that one of the most difficult aspects of absence management is keeping up with changes in state laws.  This posting is an effort to provide some of the more recent information about changes in state leave laws.  Read the rest of this entry »