This article was published on the United States Department of Labor website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/spouse/index.htm.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. The FMLA also includes certain military family leave provisions.
The Department of Labor issued a Final Rule on February 25, 2015 revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).
The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the FMLA so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. This will ensure that the FMLA will give spouses in same-sex marriages the same ability as all spouses to fully exercise their FMLA rights.
The effective date for the final rule is March 27, 2015.
Major features of the Final Rule
More information on the change as well as FMLA can be found at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/spouse/index.htm.
Cities should review applicable leave policies to ensure compliance. If you need assistance or a sample policy contact Andrea Shindlebower.