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New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Spouses in All States

New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Spouses in All States

Late last month, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that expands the definition of “spouse” for purposes of taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA is a federal law that requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees for certain medical and caretaking reasons. Among those reasons, employees may take leave to care for a spouse with a serious health condition, care for…

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