Tennessee Appears to Opt-Out of Workers’ Comp Opt-Out, At Least for this YearA bill to allow Tennessee employers to voluntarily opt-out of the state’s workers’ compensation system appears to have been derailed, at least for this year.

Tennessee had been flirting with joining Texas and Oklahoma and allowing employers to opt-out of the workers’ compensation program in favor of providing their own workplace injury plans. South Carolina’s

“Opt Out” Accommodation Under Affordable Care Act Validated  After Challenge from Religious ObjectorsIn what continues to be a controversial and developing area of employment law, a federal appellate court recently validated the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “opt out” provision, finding that requiring nonprofit employers to opt out did not substantially burden their religious rights. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in Catholic Health Care System v.

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.

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What the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for EmployersOn Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in the Obergefell case, striking down bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and legalizing same-sex marriage in every state. We posted earlier this year that a federal district court struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, after which counties began

On Tuesday night, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, a U.S. federal judge in Alabama ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s urging to probate judges to ignore the federal ruling.

marriagelicenseAlabama probate judges began issuing marriage licenses and presiding over ceremonies for same-sex couples a few days ago. The landmark occasion follows a recent ruling out of the Southern District of Alabama that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Monday morning, February 9, just before the first “I do’s” were said across