Keys to Complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The landmark ruling that all 50 states must permit same-sex marriages has wide-ranging implications for employers. In many ways, the ruling provides welcome uniformity that is good for the employer community. Employers no longer need to track a constantly changing patchwork of state laws in this area. However, employers need to make sure their policies and procedures comply with the ruling.

In particular, the Supreme Court held that there are four principles and traditions demonstrating that marriage is fundamental under the Constitution which applies “with equal force to same-sex couples.”

  • The right to personal choice regarding marriage is inherent in individual autonomy.
  • The right to marry is fundamental because it “supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals.”
  • Marriage “safeguards children and families.”
  • Marriage is the “keystone to social order.”

An individual’s marital status is a trigger for all types of workplace benefits and could affect retirement and health care plans, Social Security benefits, tax status, adoption, citizenship, and health care decisions. As a result, the Supreme Court’s decision will affect the application of certain employment-related laws for employers.

To speak with an ADP Representative about the potential implications of the same-sex ruling for your organization please call 1-800-447-3237.

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