Regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in resolving the lower court differences over whether individuals of the same sex can marry in all states, the tidal wave of change in both public opinion and law sweeping over the country only gets higher. The U.S. Supreme Court recently found in U.S. v. Windsor that gay and lesbian couples that were legally married could not be denied the ability to file their federal income taxes jointly from other states, even those which refused to recognize that marriage. To do so for federal tax purposes was found to be a denial of equal protection under the law and therefore unconstitutional. Since marriage status is relevant to a multitude of other civil matters, it is not surprising that other regulations or laws might be revised. So it came to pass last week when the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule on eligibility to take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The rule goes into effect March 27, 2015. A Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the DOL website. Continue reading “Family and Medical Leave Act Provisions Extended to All Same-Sex Married Couples.”
Appeals court documents available.
[Addendum: Case has been further appealed to KY Supreme Court.]
I recently was able to obtain some of the court documents related to University Medical Center, Inc’s appeal of a lower court’s finding that it is a public institution and not the private corporation it claims to be. You can read some of the background on this case in an earlier article to which I have also added the links below. Continue reading “University of Louisville Appeals Finding That Its Hospital is a Public Entity.”