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posted Friday, February 27, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 09
New support for same-sex families
Feds and City expand family leave rights
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New support for same-sex families
Feds and City expand family leave rights

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's same-sex families got a double dose of good news as both the federal government and the City of Seattle announced new family leave rules.

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced on February 24 that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) would now apply to people in 'legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live,' so that same-sex spouses 'will have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to care for a spouse.'

The Department of Labor will now apply what is called a 'place of celebration' rule - if you got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but now reside in one where it's not, the Labor department will still recognize your marriage.

That means, among other things, that you would qualify under FMLA to take time off to care for a new child or a sick partner. Under FMLA, public and private sector employees are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period.

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA, Perez explained in a statement, President Obama directed all federal agencies 'to identify every law, rule, policy and practice in which marital status is a relevant consideration, expunge the discriminatory effects of DOMA and ensure that committed and loving married couples throughout the country receive equal treatment by the federal government.'

Accordingly, Perez said, the Labor department has revised its rules to give same-sex spouses the same rights as opposite-sex spouses, regardless of their place of residence. With the new rule change, the Social Security Administration remains the only major federal agency that still applies the 'place of residence' rule denying benefits to couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is not recognized.

The change would impact about 118,000 individuals with same-sex spouses, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. About 260,000 people are in same-sex marriages, with an employment rate of 77% among same-sex spouses. About 59% of employed people are covered by the FMLA and are eligible for its benefits.

Some 70,200 people in same-sex marriages are raising children. Among these individuals, 80% are employed, so 33,100 individuals are likely eligible for FMLA rights under the new rule.

Seattle parental leave
Only one day before Perez announced the new federal rule, on February 23, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Council member Jean Godden announced a new paid parental leave plan for City employees.

Murray and Godden will introduce legislation that will provide employees access to four weeks per year of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child or children. This leave would be in addition to other paid leave available to City employees, such as vacation and sick leave.

City employees would qualify for the new benefits six months after hire.

'Implementation of this new policy will be negotiated with the city's labor partners, many of whom have already demonstrated their support for this benefit,' Murray said in a statement.

Like the new federal rules, the City's plan will apply to same-sex married couples, but with the addition of paid time off. Federal leave under FMLA is unpaid.

'The United States is the only developed nation in the world without a statutory right to paid parental leave,' Murray said. 'The City of Seattle is proud to not only lead the region by adding a four week benefit for City employees, but I hope this is yet another way Seattle leads the nation.'

'Paid parental leave is good for our workers, good for our children and good for our economy,' Godden added. She is chair of the City Council's Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Gender Pay Equity Committee.

'It is an important step towards creating a workplace which supports all employees, especially women, and is fundamental to the gender equity policies that Seattle - and the nation - have long needed.'

Based on the number of new parents in 2011 and 2012, the new Seattle parental leave program could cost the City up to $1.35 million annually. Legislation will be drafted in the next few weeks and presented to the City Council, which is expected to approve it.

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