How quickly an important message can be out of date! How’s your employee handbook looking these days?
The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) allows an employee to take leave in order to provide care to qualifying family members with serious health conditions. While a significant other may be very important, they do not usually have the legal standing necessary to trigger FMLA leave. Relatives who do qualify include the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent. An exception is if the significant other qualifies as a spouse under state law, such as a common law marriage.
Citation: 29 C.F.R. §825.112 (http://law.justia.com/cfr/title29/29-220.127.116.11.52.html#29:18.104.22.168.52.1.466.13)
29 C.F.R. §825.113(c)(3) (http://law.justia.com/cfr/title29/29-22.214.171.124.52.html#29:126.96.36.199.52.1.466.14)
Adoption qualifies for maternity/paternity leave! Just not sure if your dog qualifies as a child. :)