Send in your Stories about Definition of Family

June 23, 2020 / PSU-AAUP

To help Admin to understand what a 21st century family is, we need you to review the current definition listed below. If your family doesn’t meet this definition, please consider writing a statement, recording a short video, and/or including photos so we can illustrate the need to update PSU’s definition. We will share these during bargaining with Admin and, if you are comfortable, on social media and member news. Please send to You can also use the hashtag in your social media #LeadOnLeave to promote this important issue. Maura Kelly, a faculty member in Sociology, created a wonderful video. You can view it here as an example

PSU defines a family member using Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) definitions:
FMLA’s definition of a family member is:

  • Spouse
    • FMLA protections do not extend to same or opposite-gender domestic partners.
  • Parent
    • A parent is defined as any individual who had day to day and financial responsibility for you when you were a child. A grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. could be considered to be your parent.
  • Son/Daughter
    • A son/daughter is defined as any child under 18, or over 18 if incapable of self-care, who is a biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild or a legal ward, or a child for whom you are financially responsible and supervise on a day-to-day basis.

OFLA’s definition of a family member is same as FMLA with the following additions:

  • Same-gender domestic partner
  • Same-gender domestic partner's child
  • Same-gender domestic partner's parent
  • Parent-in-law
  • Son/Daughter same as FMLA but includes adult child
  • Grandchild
  • Grandparent

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