Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. violated the federal Fair Housing Act by discriminating, based on sex and familial status, when it refused to insure a mortgage refinance for a Wexford, Pa., couple until the wife returned to full-time work from maternity leave, Bloomberg reports. … [Read more...] about DOJ’s Fair Housing Suit Says Mortgage Insurer Discriminates Against Home Buyers on Maternity Leave
Federal law on maternity leave
In a press conference yesterday in New York City, John Trasviña, who serves as HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, said nearly a dozen other lenders are also being investigated and described the Budde case as “the first in a series of actions,” reports the Washington Post in its Federal Eye blog. … [Read more...] about Lender OKs Fair Housing Pact, Will Pay $765K, End Mortgage Nixes Due to Maternity Leaves
On October 25, 2013, it was discussed that it is typically acceptable to offer different maternity leave benefits for employees at separate employer locations (such as a corporate office versus store locations). Further, it was noted that it is generally acceptable to have varying policies amongst employees, so far as the policies are applied within the parameters of the law (i.e., not discriminatory). … [Read more...] about Varying Maternity Leave Policies, cont.
The changes still need to be approved by the Lower House of India’s Parliament. The amendments, however, have already been approved by the Prime Minister and his cabinet, and the government has a majority of the seats in the lower house. Therefore, it is likely the amendments will be approved shortly. These expanded maternity leave provisions, providing 26 weeks of paid leave, go far past the protections in some other countries, most notably the United States, which provides for a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave under federal law. … [Read more...] about Maternity Leave Length Increased in India
Recent reports suggest the White House may be considering expanding the scope of its proposal from covering not just maternity leave for biological mothers but also parental leave, which would include leave for fathers. (It is unclear whether the parental leave benefit might apply to adoptive mothers.) This expansion came after criticism that the original proposal was discriminatory because it covered only biological mothers. … [Read more...] about Trump Administration May Expand Proposal for Paid Maternity Leave to Fathers