Employers need to be ready for end of Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

May 20, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The end of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage means employers need to take a look at their benefits policies and what laws require in terms of married couples.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled on May 19 that the ban on same-sex marriage, which was added to the state constitution after voters passed Measure 36 in 2004, violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling made Oregon the 18th state to allow same-sex marriage. Then on May 20, Pennsylvania joined took the list to 19 states when another federal judge overturned that state’s ban. In addition to the 19 states, Washington, D.C., also allows same-sex marriages.

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Benefits Other Than Health Insurance 2011 Survey Results

February 17, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Each year, HR Hero and HRLaws survey readers about your organizations’ benefits packages. Although much has been said about the effects of health care reform on employer-based health insurance during the last year, the other benefits that organizations are offering their employees — flex time, telecommuting, child-care assistance, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, and concierge services — are starting to make headlines. Because of this new focus, our February survey looked at benefits other than health insurance.

According to the survey, most of you offer health insurance (95.87%), dental insurance (90.55%), life insurance (90.94%), paid holidays (85.04%), and defined-contribution retirement plans (84.06%) to your employees. Additionally, many of you indicated that your organization offers nonwage benefits that are about the same as (46.94%) or more generous than (22.29%) your competitors.

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