Monday, April 25, 2011

Proposed Legislation Would Expand FMLA Rights

Earlier this month Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY14] recently introduced H.R. 1440: Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2011 (FMLEA) in the House of Representatives. Under this proposed legislation the FMLEA would amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to allow employees to take off from work to participate in or attend their children's and grandchildren's educational and extracurricular activities. The bill also would allow employees to take leave for routine family medical needs and to assist elderly relatives, and for other purposes.

Specifically, the FMLEA would allow an eligible employee to:
    1. participate in or attend an activity that is sponsored by a school or community organization and relates to a program of the school or organization that is attended by a son or daughter or a grandchild of the employee; or

    2. meet routine family medical care needs, including for medical and dental appointments of the employee or a son, daughter, spouse, or grandchild of the employee, or to attend to the care needs of elderly individuals who are related to the eligible employee, including visits to nursing homes and group homes.
The FMLEA would also amend the FMLA to increase the number of covered employers by decreasing the total number of employees needed to qualify as a covered employer. That threshold would drop from 50 employees to 25.

I don't have the highest of hopes for this bill, but I have been wrong before.

1 comment:

  1. I also recommend further study on this proposed amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. If implemented, this may cause abuse on the part of the employees.