by Steven L. Brenneman
On November 5, both houses of the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law. If he does, it will take effect in June 2014.
The new law will affect Illinois employers in several ways. Regarding employee benefits, employers will need to treat same-sex spouses the same way they treat opposite-sex spouses. The law will have ramifications on retirement plans and employer-sponsored health plans with spousal coverage.