Legal Alert: DOL "Clarifies" that FMLA Definition of Son or Daughter Includes Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an Administrative Interpretation (AI) clarifying its opinion that employees are entitled to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for birth, bonding or to care for the child of a domestic partner or same-sex domestic partner, as well as other children for whom an employee has responsibility for day-to-day care or financial responsibility, even though the employee has no biological or legal relationship with the child. According to the DOL, the AI was issued in response to numerous inquiries from employers regarding when an employee with no legal relationship to a child is considered to be standing "in loco parentis" under the FMLA and, accordingly, entitled to leave.

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