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Douglas B. Kauffman, partner in the firm’s Birmingham, Ala., office and member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Section, was quoted by Employee Benefit News on March 27, 2015, regarding a Texas federal district court decision blocking the DOL from enacting an FMLA rule that required employers to follow the marriage laws of the states where employees were married, rather than where employees live, when determining benefits. Mr. Kauffman commented on the need for employers to watch this regulation and consider the risks and its options in providing FMLA benefits to same-sex couples regardless of the state’s definition of marriage.

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