Jean Schmidt

Jean Schmidt


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Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

March 3, 2015 Authors: Jean L. Schmidt The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to ensure that same-sex married...more

3/3/2015 - DOL DOMA Employer Mandates Final Rules FMLA Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Revised New York City Earned Sick Time Act Effective on April 1, 2014

In a March 17 press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that later this week he will sign into law two bills that significantly expand the provisions of the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (Act). The Act,...more

3/18/2014 - Employee Rights Paid Leave Sick Leave

Same-Sex Marriages and Employee Leave Entitlement After Windsor

In Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal laws to ignore same-sex marriages that are legally entered into...more

7/16/2013 - Civil Unions Compliance DOL DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits FMLA Marriage Paid Leave Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Supreme Court Decides the Fate of Same-Sex Marriages

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decisions in two same-sex marriage cases. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144, the Court ruled that the proponents of a popular voter initiative that reversed...more

6/28/2013 - Discrimination DOMA Due Process Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA Estate Tax FMLA Hollingsworth v Perry Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Sexual Orientation Discrimination Standing US v Windsor

Are You Feeling Sick? New York City Passes a New Sick Leave Law

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. That is what the New York City Council (the Council) has done since 2009. And after four years, the result is a controversial sick leave law, the Earned Sick Time Act (the...more

5/13/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Exemptions Medical Leave New Legislation Notice Requirements Paid Leave Proposed Legislation Required Documentation Unpaid Leave

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