• Department of Labor Issues Administrator’s Interpretation Expanding Who Can Stand “In Loco Parentis” Under FMLA
  • July 15, 2010 | Authors: Derek G. Barella; John M. Dickman
  • Law Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP - Chicago Office
  • The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that extends FMLA leave rights to any employee who has assumed responsibility for the parental care of a child, clarifying that the phrase “in loco parentis” includes non-traditional families. In a press release, the DOL hailed the "clarification" as "a victory for many non-traditional families", including families in the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community, who often in the past have been denied leave to care for their loved ones.”