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Labor Dept. Poised to Recognize Gay Parents as Parents

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Posted on Jun 21, 2010
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Sources tell AP that the Labor Department is about to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex baby-daddies and -mamas. Employers would be required to give up to 12 weeks of leave a year, as they already do for straight couples.

The Labor Department will not, however, help decide who has to slog off to work or stay home with young Rupert.

AP via Google:

The Labor Department is ready to tell employers they must give gay workers the same opportunity as heterosexual ones to take unpaid time off to care for their partners’ newborns or loved ones.

Two officials briefed on the policy changes said Monday that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would announce the decision on Wednesday. The officials would only speak on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.

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By G.Anderson, June 22, 2010 at 7:00 am Link to this comment

Of course long over do.

But I suspect, this is another of those cosmetic changes, designed to make people believe we have a new and improved labor department under the Obama adminstration.

I’d be much more impressed if they would undue all of the anti labor regulations put into place by the Bush administration, like the overtime rules, so that parents everywhere could afford to support themselves and their children on what they make.

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By rollzone, June 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

hello. the spaces between information are very loose. just when i thought they could not have labor, labor extends something stiff to grab onto. and getting it all over Murdock with little Rupert- that’s terrible. if the department does not demand which custodian stays home, it will only lead to bickering and eventually divorce. is this the best option for Rupert?

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