State Employment Laws
This section features a range of state employment laws and resources. You can access and review your state’s employment laws by simply clicking on your state in the interactive map below or in the listing of states in the left-hand navigation bar. Each state also features a special “Poster” section, located in the left-hand navigation, which allows you to select and print state posters.
The State Employment Laws section covers a range of laws including:
Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2013 invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined "marriage" as a legal union between one man and one woman, and "spouse" as a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife, for purposes of all federal laws and agency regulations. Federal agencies have issued the following guidance implementing the DOMA decision:
- FMLA Guidance (U.S. Department of Labor, effective June 26, 2013.)
- Federal Tax Guidance (U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, effective September 16, 2013.)
- COBRA Guidance Specific agency guidance has not yet been issued with respect to COBRA continuation coverage.
For more details regarding benefits for same-sex spouses and guidance on same-sex marriage laws specific to your state, click on your state and select "Same-Sex Relationships" from the left-hand navigation menu.