National Center for Lesbian Rights


Month: March 2015

Our Voices blog

Department of Labor Revises Regulatory Definition of Spouse Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under this new rule, legally married same-sex couples will be recognized as spouses and eligible for FMLA benefits, regardless of the law in the state where they currently live. The rule, published on February 25, 2015, changed the definition of “spouse” so it is based on the “place of celebration” of the marriage, rather than the “state...


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