Recognizing Nontraditional Families In The Workplace

Law360, New York (June 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An employee requests leave to care for her grandson who has a serious health condition. Another employee requests health benefits for his domestic partner. Is an employee entitled to time off to take his parent to a doctor’s appointment? Co-workers send a derogatory e-mail regarding an employee’s sexual orientation.

As American households become more complex, these are issues employers can expect to face more frequently. Pursuant to statutory regulation and internal policy, most companies recognize the right of employees to enter into and care for traditional...
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