Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 23, 2015
Effective March 27, 2015, the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will cover same-sex married couples, ensuring that these couples receive the rights and protections afforded under the FMLA in any jurisdiction of the United States in which they reside. This definition applies in jurisdictions, like Puerto Rico, where same-sex marriages are not recognized.
Franczek Radelet P.C • March 17, 2015
Want a glimpse into a world where an employer fails to maintain a legally compliant leave management process? Let me warn you — what you are about to read is not pretty and not for the faint of heart.
Cullen and Dykman LLP • March 11, 2015
Rules governing family medical leave for gay couples will soon reflect the rapid changes sweeping the nation. Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013) courts across the nation have unraveled gay marriage bans in rapid succession, with marriage equality the law of the land in 37 states as of March 1, 2015. Despite the attention to gay marriage bans since Windsor, other large changes have been relatively unreported, such as federal regulations governing same-sex couples. This changed on February 25, 2015.
Franczek Radelet P.C • March 11, 2015
Want to read about nearly FMLA case that was either dismissed or allowed to advance toward trial? Want a snapshot of what employers got right and what they got wrong in the land of FMLA?
Phelps Dunbar LLP • March 04, 2015
On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a rule which extends the Family Medical Leave Act’s (“FMLA”) protections to married same-sex couples. The rule, originally proposed in June 2014, implements necessary policy changes resulting from the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark United States v. Windsor decision which overturned the section of the Defense of Marriage Act barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 03, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to ensure that same-sex married couples receive the rights and protections under the FMLA without regard to where they reside. The new definition takes effect on March 27, 2015.
Ogletree Deakins • March 03, 2015
On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule (which was published in the Federal Register) expanding protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for same-sex married couples.
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP • March 03, 2015
The Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor created a lot of uncertainty in the area of federal employment benefits. Because the federal government’s definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman was held to be unconstitutional, the decision left open the question of when same-sex couples were eligible for spousal benefits in a variety of contexts. In a move that is sure to simplify issues for multi-state employers, the Department of Labor is taking steps to clarify that issue under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Franczek Radelet P.C • March 02, 2015
On February 28, 2015, the DOL’s recommended FMLA forms expired. And on March 1, the sun still rose in the east. Life, as we know it, forged on.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 26, 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued regulations expanding the Department’s definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) so as to entitle eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or covered family member, regardless of where they live. The new regulations are effective March 27, 2015.