O n June 26, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for purposes of federal laws and benefits. Already, a patchwork of rulings is emerging from around the country as lower courts try to clarify the boundaries of this ruling. One thing that is clear is that the ruling will have a significant impact on colleges and universities across many areas, including provision of employee benefits, tax withholdings, and immigration and naturalization issues for faculty, students and staff. In addition, dozens of states still prohibit same-sex marriage by statute or constitutional ban, raising many questions as to how colleges and universities in these states should apply their benefits programs with respect to same-sex couples.
This NACUA virtual seminar brings together three legal experts to discuss the Windsor decision's impact on colleges and universities, specifically:
- • The meaning of the Windsor decision and subsequent state decisions
- • The decision's impact on both public and private institution employee benefits including health and welfare plans, tax-qualified retirement plans, and FMLA rights
- • Immigration issues related to foreign students, faculty and staff in same-sex marriages
- • Practical issues for colleges and universities in jurisdictions where state law does not recognize same-sex marriage
Please join our panel of experts for an examination of these important issues every institution should consider. Register today!