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Will the FMLA be extended to cover same sex couples?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently  introduced legislation that would broaden the employee protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act to allow workers to take unpaid time off to care for a same-sex spouse or partner and additional family members.

The proposed legislation would not change the terms of the FMLA, but would expand its coverage to permit employees to take unpaid leave to care for a same-sex spouse or partner and would also provide benefits to those who need to care for a parent-in-law, grandparent or adult child with a serious health condition.

The bill is known as the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act.  My guess is the bill will not pass in the Senate, but stranger things have happened.

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