Robin Shea Quoted in Employee Benefit News on DOL's New FMLA Interpretation

Partner Robin Shea was quoted in Employee Benefit News about the Department of Labor's new interpretation of FMLA.

DOL issues wider, more liberal interpretation of 'parents' under FMLA

"Therefore, under the law, a step-parent, or a sibling, or a grandparent, or even a family friend who filled the role of parent to the child would have been entitled to FMLA leave for the child's birth or serious health condition," Shea adds.

"The DOL interpretation clarifies that this would apply to same-sex partners who act as parents, which should be no surprise - this is a contemporary situation that seems to clearly fit within the original language of the statute and the regulations," she says.