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FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights: What HR Needs to Know - on CD

FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights: What HR Needs to Know - on CD

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FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights: What HR Needs to Know - on CD

Employers are reporting an increase in the number of requests they receive related to benefits for same-sex partners. In fact, a recent survey of nontraditional family benefit coverage showed that 31 percent of responding organizations offer benefits to domestic partners. Of those, 31 percent offered benefits to same-sex partners only, 9 percent to opposite-sex partners only, and 60 percent to both.

So where does your organization stand? Are you confident your policies are FMLA compliant?

Learn how FMLA applies to domestic partner situations with the informative HR Hero webinar FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights: What HR Needs to Know.

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Your webinar presenter, Susan Fentin, a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will help you understand the FMLA's new domestic partner revisions.

Webinar Learning Take-Aways:

  • How FMLA is interpreted for domestic partners who stand in place of a parent
  • How the Defense of Marriage Act affects FMLA leave requests
  • Advice on legally sound ways to handle domestic partner leave requests
  • FMLA differences in handling domestic partnerships, civil unions, and same-sex marriages
  • And there's more. Visit the "Full Webinar Details" tab for more information.



Your Audio Conference Leader

Susan FentinAttorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. in the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts, office. Before beginning her law career, she had a career in business and owned and operated her own company, giving her unique insight into the employment problems faced by business owners. She is associate editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and is experienced in both labor law and employment litigation.

For the past four years, she has been named a SuperLawyer by Boston Magazine, and she was recognized in 2010 by the prestigious Chambers USA as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts.She also speaks frequently on employment law topics and has taught FMLA master classes.

FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights: What HR Needs to Know - on CD

Presented attorney Susan Fentin of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

The FMLA continues to be a complicated and confusing law for employers. In recent years, employers have found themselves coping with changes brought on by new regulations, law changes, and new interpretations. One more wrinkle concerns how the law relates to domestic partners. Last summer, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an administrator’s interpretation that opened up leave to employees who care for the child of their domestic partner.

Although the law has long been interpreted as allowing leave for employees standing “in loco parentis” to a child, the new interpretation adds another layer to the information employers need to keep them out of expensive legal trouble.

With an increase in the number of requests for domestic partner benefits, you need to have a clear understanding about how FLMA addresses such issues. With this interactive webinar, you'll learn:

  • New guidance about employees being allowed to take leave to be with a partner who is giving birth and to bond with a partner’s newborn or newly adopted child.
  • How FMLA is interpreted (even before the new ruling) as allowing leave to employees who stand in loco parentis to a domestic partner’s child for the purpose of caring for the child suffering a serious health condition.
  • How the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affects how employers handle FMLA leave requests.
  • Court decisions and regulatory agency actions related to FMLA and same-sex partners.
  • How ENDA could affect FMLA leave.
  • Legally sound ways to handle requests for leave involving same-sex spouses and domestic partners.
  • What employers in states that don’t allow same-sex marriage should do if an employee goes to a state allowing same-sex marriage to get married and then returns to work demanding FMLA rights.
  • How does DOMA apply?
  • Dangers of denying leave when required by the FMLA.
  • Domestic partnership, civil unions, same-sex marriage, and same-sex couples living together informally – what are the differences in how FMLA is handled?
  • Since one aspect of DOMA provides that states aren’t required to recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other states, how does that fit with the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the federal Constitution, which provides that states must recognize the valid laws of other states?
  • Brief overview of the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act, which would amend the FMLA to allow employees to take leave to care for a same-sex spouse, a domestic partner, a parent-in-law, an adult child, a sibling, or a grandparent who suffers from a serious health condition.

In just 90 minutes, you'll have a complete understanding of how FMLA applies to domestic partner situations and what you MUST do to stay in compliance. Order now!

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