Extending Medical leave rights to same sex couples


Starting March 27, 2015, legally married same-sex couples will receive the benefits offered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.  This came about when the Department of Labor redefined “spouse” in the Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.  However, while the Act now covers a same-sex marriage, it does not extend the benefits to a same-sex civil union which is a legal status created by a state which provides protection to such couples on the state level only and not on the federal level.  If you have estate planning or elder law questions, please contact Joe Mattera at jmattera@pselaw.com or call 937-223-1130.

AUTHOR: Joseph Mattera