Several weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court made a monumental decision concerning the right and legality of same-sex marriages, ruling that same-sex marriage should be legal and recognized in all states.
This ruling also expanded the federal laws granting marriage rights and protections to spouses which impacts employer administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
In some ways, the ruling makes administering the FMLA simpler. All employees who have proof that they are legally married, regardless of gender are eligible for FMLA benefits. This ruling also means that same-sex couples can not be denied family insurance coverage and rates. Family leave rights include taking time off to care for an injured or ill spouse as well as military caregiver leave. Legal marriages performed outside the United States are also covered by this ruling.
Employers who need advice and assistance in administering employee benefits can go to the following website for more information.
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