Family and Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was landmark legislation that provides millions of Americans fundamental protections during family or medical emergencies. I was very proud to support this historic legislation when it was first enacted, but I feel that we must continue to build on the successes of this law. That is why I have introduced the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act and the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act.
The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act allows more people to benefit from family and medical leave by allowing employees in companies with more than 25 employees to take family and medical leave. Currently, employees in companies with more than 50 employees can take FMLA leave. The bill would also extend employee leave for workers to go to parent-teacher conferences or to take their children, grandchildren or other family members to the doctor for regular medical appointments.
The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act amends the FMLA to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if that person has a serious health condition. Currently, the FMLA allows qualified workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborns, seek emergency medical care for himself/herself, parents, children under 18 or a legal spouse.