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Majority still don’t have same-sex partner medical leave

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Does your company have family medical-leave benefits for same-sex partners of its employees?

  • No — 68%
  • Yes, the same as for married couples — 30%
  • Yes, but less than married couples — 2%

If you’re looking for a silver lining as a proponent of medical-leave benefits for same-sex partners, it should be the fact that almost all of the companies that have it also agree that it should be equal to married couples. But almost 7 in 10 companies still not having these benefits is nothing to cheer about. And given the regulatory environment, I wonder if these companies will simply wait out their jurisdictions rather than being proactive.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.

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