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Bill S6177-2009

Provides that employers who provide funeral leave for family members of deceased shall not deny such leave for same-sex committed partners of the deceased

Provides that employers who extend funeral or bereavement leave to an employee for the death of a spouse, child, parent or other relative shall not deny the same leave for the death of an employee's same-sex committed partner; defines same-sex committed partners as those who are financially and emotionally interdependent in a manner commonly presumed of spouses.

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  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO CODES
  • Sep 18, 2009: REFERRED TO RULES

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 BILL NUMBER:  S6177

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the civil rights law, in relation to authorizing funeral or bereavement leave for same-sex committed partners

GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : The bill provides that bereavement leave be granted to individuals involved in same-sex relationships on the same basis as those granted to employees who are married.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill adds one section to the civil rights law. Section 79-n prohibits employers from discriminating in the granting of funeral or bereavement to its employees who are in a committed, same-sex relationship. It also provides that such leave must be extended on the same basis as if offered to those employees who are married.

A committed relationship is defined as a long-term relationship characterized by emotional and financial commitment and interdependence.

JUSTIFICATION : For years, individuals in same-sex relationships who are prohibited from civil marriage are often not granted bereavement leave to attend the funeral of their partner or partner's blood relation. This fails to acknowledge the value that any committed relationship contributes to our communities. Enlightened companies with domestic partnership policies now allow this type of funeral or bereavement leave.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after becoming law.

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