Tag Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

DOL and EEOC Explain How They Will Approach FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation Enforcement

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting with Department of Labor and EEOC officials on key developments out of Washington with respect to leave management and accommodations.  Our presentation was part of the annual conference of the Disability Management Employer Coalition. If you’re an employer and not a member of DMEC, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Find out more … Continue Reading

Now That Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right, How Do Employers Administer FMLA Leave?

On Friday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. So, I’ll give you one guess as to the topic of my blog post today. How is the FMLA Impacted by the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage? Earlier this year, the … Continue Reading

Texas Court Puts a Halt on DOL Enforcement of the New FMLA Rule Extending Leave Rights to Same-Sex Couples

A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that (for the time being) has stopped enforcement of the DOL’s final rule regarding the definition of spouse.  Under the new rule, which was scheduled to take effect today, the FMLA would cover same-sex spouses if the marriage occurred in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage and … Continue Reading

DOL Issues Final Rule Extending FMLA Leave Rights to Same-Sex Couples: Here's Everything Employers Need to Know

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that will allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status.  This rule change will impact the manner in which employers administer FMLA leave, so I’ll quickly get down to the … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Proposed Rule Extending FMLA Leave Rights for Same-Sex Couples

The Department of Labor announced today a proposed rule that would allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status.  As expected, the DOL has adopted a “state of celebration” rule, in which a spousal status for purposes of … Continue Reading

How Does the Fall of DOMA Impact the FMLA and Other Employee Benefits?

Unless you’ve been securely wedged under a rock over the past 24 hours, you know that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had established a federal definition of marriage as a legal union only between one man and one woman.   Yesterday, as Justice Anthony Kennedy read … Continue Reading

FMLA Leave for Same-Sex Couples to be Clarified by Supreme Court's DOMA Decision?

This past Friday, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would consider whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unlawfully denies benefits to gay and lesbian couples who are married in states that allow such unions.  A Supreme Court decision nullifying DOMA could have wide ranging impacts, including how the Family and Medical Leave … Continue Reading

Illinois Civil Unions and the FMLA

In a ceremony to be held later today at the Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign a law allowing same and opposite-sex couples to enter into civil unions. Under the law, such couples are “entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits as are afforded or recognized by the law … Continue Reading

FMLA Inclusion Act Introduced in Congress . . . again

Is the fifth time the charm?  On July 30, 2010, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act, which would broaden the Family and Medical Leave Act to permit leave to care for a same-sex spouse, domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent who has a serious health condition.  S.B. 3680 (pdf) is … Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Same-Sex Marriage Rulings And The FMLA

The Department of Labor’s recent Administrative Interpretation regarding FMLA leave for those acting in loco parentis to a child placed the spotlight on the application of FMLA leave to same-sex couples with children. However, the ruling did not address how the FMLA applies to situations where an employee seeks FMLA leave to provide care not … Continue Reading

Interpreting The New DOL Interpretation Of "In Loco Parentis" - Podcast No. 13

On June 22 the U.S. Department of Labor issued its first Administrator Interpretation under the FMLA, “clarifying” how the FMLA applies to requests for leave by those who provide care for a child without a biological or legal relationship to the child. In this month’s podcast, we explain what’s new in this interpretation, what isn’t, … Continue Reading

Sec. Solis Says New Interpretation Expands FMLA

Well, we stand corrected. While we said in our summary of the DOL’s new Administrator Interpretation (.pdf) on the issue of FMLA leave for those standing in loco parentis for a child that the new interpretation “arguably does not change existing law,” Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis evidently thinks that it does. Writing in the Huffington Post, … Continue Reading

Illinois State Treasurer Extends FMLA Benefits to Employees with Same-Sex Partners

Gay and lesbian employees in the Illinois Treasurer’s office who are in a committed relationship will enjoy the same FMLA benefits as married employees under an executive order signed by state treasurer (and U.S. Senate candidate) Alexi Giannoulias Sunday.  As a result, these employees will have the same family and medical leave benefits to care for their … Continue Reading