Minnesota 12th state to recognize same-sex marriage

May 16, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Michael G. McNally

The Minnesota Marriage Equality Bill, HF 1054, was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on May 14, 2013. Effective August 1, 2013, Minnesota will allow individuals of the same sex to marry.

Employers need to review their policies relating to employee health and retirement benefits to reflect this change. What changes are allowed or required will differ based on whether the benefit is governed by state or federal law.

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DOL Expands Family Leave for Same-Sex Parents

June 23, 2010 0 COMMENTS

by Julie K. Athey

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new “administrative interpretation” (AI) that clarifies the circumstances in which an employee may take leave to care for a child for whom they act as a parent but aren’t legally recognized as such. As has been pointed out in numerous press reports over the last couple of days, the ruling appears to grant expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights to gay and lesbian employees.

Although initial reports made it seem that the administrative interpretation would allow employees to take leave to care for a same-sex partner, the actual ruling is far less dramatic. The DOL explains that its intent is to assist employees and employers in understanding “how the FMLA applies when there is no legal or biological parent-child relationship.” In short, it addresses much broader issues than the circumstances in which an employee may take leave to care for a same-sex partner’s child.

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DOL Says Employees May Take FMLA Leave When Domestic Partner Gives Birth or Adopts

June 22, 2010 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to issue guidance on Wednesday that will grant expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights to gay and lesbian employees. The development, however, may not be as dramatic as it sounds.

Initial overnight reports made it appear that the Obama administration was expanding the FMLA to allow employees to take leave to care for a same-sex partner. However, it appears that isn’t the case. Several new outlets are now reporting that the expansion will apply only to the limited situation when an employee requests leave in relation to the birth or adoption of a same-sex partner’s child.

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