Same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States. Now what? Immediate changes are being made on a federal level including federal IRS tax withholdings and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to be sure that same-sex marriages are treated the same as heterosexual marriages.

The biggest change that employers need to be concerned about is not making a distinction between a same-sex spouse and another spouse. Human Resources professionals need to be sure all spouses are treated the same and employers need to review any policies and benefits that mention a spouse or dependent, and make sure the same rules are applied to married couples (same-sex and heterosexual).

In this interview with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN, I discuss what the landmark ruling means for employers in individual workplaces and share recommendations for effective compliance with these regulatory changes.