Monday, March 2, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor rolled out new rules that extend Family and Medical Leave Act coverage to legally married same-sex couples.  While the new rules are not a surprise, it’s notable that they define status as a spouse based on where the couple got married and not on where they live.  The U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor had extended FMLA coverage to same-sex couples who lived in a state that allowed their marriage.  The DOL goes further in these new rules, saying that couples who live in a state that does not recognize their marriage are able to take FMLA leave as long as their marriage is recognized in the state where it occurred.  Time to review policies to make sure they’re compliant, especially if you operate in a state that does not yet recognize same-sex marriage.

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Posted by: Kate Bischoff