FMLA Gives Parental Rights to Take Family Leave to Same Sex Couples

In a ruling released back in June, the US Department of Labor clarified the FMLA definition of "son and daughter" to show that workers who act as caregivers for a child have the right to do so regardless of their legal or biological relationship.  In other words, if workers in same sex relationships act as caregivers for their partner's children, these workers may take FMLA to care for these children even if they are not adoptive or biological parents.

Other family members who care for children (such as relatives who take in children while parents are overseas with the military or grandparents raising grandchildren) also now have the right to take FMLA when appropriate. 

For more information on the FMLA and the administrative interpretation, visit the Wage and Hour Division's website or call the division's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).

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