DOMA Ruling Impact on Employer Leave Policies Examined by Dena Calo and Harris Freier

September 4, 2013

How will an employee’s FMLA benefits change in the wake of the Supreme Court decision ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)? How should a business with employees in states which both do and do not recognize same sex marriage craft an appropriate leave policy? In September’s Thompson Family and Medical Leave Handbook, firm Partner Dena B. Calo, Director of the firm’s Human Resource Practices Group, and Associate Harris S. Freier explain the intricacies of potential changes in federal law pertaining to FMLA benefits for same-gender couples, as well as differences in state and local laws that business owners may face if operating in states with conflicting views on this subject. The article suggests that employers looking to expand their businesses be cognizant of city and state-level protections for same gender couples that may affect their leave policies.

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