Not Married By Definition

Not Married By Definition

FedEx retirement plan’s meaning of “spouse” might violate federal law

A recent decision by a U.S. district court addresses the question of whether a participant’s same-sex surviving spouse can be denied benefits under a private company’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)-covered defined benefit plan.  

 

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In 1984, the election year when Congressional Representative Geraldine Ferraro ran as Walter Mondale’s candidate for vice president, the Retirement Equity A

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