For New York employers: same-sex couples eligible for funeral and bereavement leave

This summer, Governor David Paterson signed a bill that amends the New York state civil rights law so that same-sex couples will have access to the same funeral and bereavement leave given to heterosexual couples. The bill defines a same-sex couple as “those who are financially and emotionally interdependent in a manner commonly presumed of spouses.” Denying homosexual employees leave could land you in the middle of a nasty discrimination suit, so be sure to update your bereavement policy.

For more information on this topic, read “New York Employees in Same-Sex Relationships Now Eligible for Same Funeral and Bereavement Leave Afforded to Heterosexual Couples” by our partners at Ogletree Deakins LLP. To read the article, click here.


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