Todd Solomon spoke to the Society for Human Resource Management annual conference regarding best benefit practices for same-sex couples, a talk summarized July 2 on www.shrm.com. Mr. Solomon noted the difficulty posed by conflicting state and federal regulations regarding health care benefits for same-sex partners, saying, "To be perfectly frank, many employers don't get this right." He advised creating a grid to map the state and federal laws that might apply in a specific jurisdiction. "An employer's response also depends on whether the plans are self-insured or not," he added. "Insured plans are affected by state law benefit mandates and may have to recognize same-sex marriages, if that's the law in the state where the insurance was issued," even for employees that reside in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized. Click here for the full article.