Friday, March 27, 2015

Preliminary Injunction Bars Extension of FMLA To Same-Sex Couples

In State of Texas v. United States, (ND TX, March 26, 2015), a Texas federal district court granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Department of Labor to stay application of a rule amendment that extends the Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex married couples even in states that do not recognize sane-sex marriage. The court asserted that Congress does not have unlimited power to impose its definition of marriage on the states and that Congress did not authorize the Department of Labor to regulate spousal benefits to do so. Houston Chronicle reports on the decision.