An eligible employee who is the spouse or registered domestic partner of a member of the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, or reserves who has been deployed during a period of military conflict to combat theater or combat zone of operations, shall be allowed up to ten (10) days of unpaid leave. Such leave shall be used only when the employee’s spouse or domestic partner is on leave from the armed forces of the United States, National Guard, or reserves while deployed during a period of military conflict to combat theater or combat zone of operations. This leave does not affect or prevent the granting of any leave for military spouses afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act, and may run concurrently.
Retaliation against the employee for requesting or obtaining such a leave is prohibited.
 The term “domestic partner” means two individuals who reside together in a long-term relationship of infinite duration with an exclusive mutual commitment in which the partners agree to be jointly responsible for each other’s common welfare and to share financial obligations. The partners may not be related by blood to a degree of closeness which would prohibit legal marriage in the state where they legally reside. The term “registered domestic partner” means domestic partners, one of whom is an NYU employee, who have submitted a completed New York University Statement of Domestic Partnership and other required information, and have received approval from the University.