Department of Labor Proposes Rule Change to Expand FMLA Coverage for Same Sex Spouses

On June 20, 2014, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a proposed rule that would extend FMLA protections to otherwise eligible employees in same-sex marriages living in states that do not recognize such marriages. Presently, the FMLA’s definition of “spouse” only covers same-sex spouses living in states that recognize same-sex marriage. Under the proposed amendment, […]

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General Assembly Unanimously Passes HB8 Amending the Illinois Human Rights Act

On May 28, 2014, the Illinois General Assembly unanimously passed new amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act. The new amendments will require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and related medical conditions. That being said, an employer may not require an employee to accept an accommodation she did not request, or require her […]

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