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Same-Sex Marriage and the FMLA in Missouri

Missouri is one of the most recent states to face challenges brought against its prohibition on same-sex marriages.  While so far these decisions have come down in favor of same-sex marriage, the multiple suits, appeals, and decisions have created confusion about when and where a same-sex marriage may be recognized in Missouri.  There likely won’t be a complete answer until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the matter (which may happen before summer gets here).  Nonetheless federal agencies are taking the opportunity to expand right previously only provided to opposite-sex partnerships and the Department of Labor has done just that with the Family Medical Leave Act.  Hit the jump for all the details… Continue reading

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Novel FMLA Issue: Can I Take Leave if my Girlfriend Has Pregnancy Complications?

Recently, various outlets have been discussing the plight of Indianapolis Colts’ running back, Trent Richardson (hang in there, we will be getting into the legal question in one second).  Namely are the Colts going to try to void the contract of Richardson in order to save money?  What caught my eye about the situation is that it was allegedly precipitated because Richardson missed a “walkthrough” (if any football minded readers could enlighten me as to what this is I would appreciate it) due to “serious complications with his girlfriend’s pregnancy that could potentially have endangered the life of [his] child.”  Shortly after this, Richardson was suspended for two games which got me thinking whether he might not have an argument for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation.  Hit the jump for my thoughts… Continue reading

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