A new Labor Department rule expanding job protections for same-sex spouses was set to take effect on March 27, but a federal judge has blocked the rule's implementation. Specifically, the change would extend Family and Medical Leave Act protections to employees in same-sex marriages, regardless of whether they live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.
When a woman gives birth, she is often given paid time off to rest, recuperate and care for her child. Many women in New York can take paid maternity leave and do so to bond with their children. Unfortunately, there are no laws that force employers to pay for that time off. While the Family and Medical Leave Act does guarantee that women can take up to 12 weeks off following the birth of a child, that time is unpaid.