Rep. Maloney Introduces Bills to Modernize and Expand FMLA

Jun 16, 2016
Press Release
Joins with Reps. Wilson and Schakowsky to introduce package of four bills

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today introduced two bills, the FMLA Inclusion Act and FMLA Enhancement Act, to support more working families by expanding and enhancing the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rep. Maloney joined with Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) to introduce a package of bills designed to improve the FMLA.

“Today’s FMLA expansion bills are an important step to broaden the provisions of the law to ensure that American workers can take the necessary leave to adequately care for their loved ones and also recognizing that family structures are not one-size-fits-all,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “On its own, the FMLA is historic and vitally important, enabling workers to take sufficient time to care for themselves and their families without risk to their jobs or economic security. However, as it currently stands, FMLA provisions only extend to approximately 60 percent of the workforce, leaving millions of workers without these protections, but we can change that. These improvements will make the FMLA work better for hardworking families.”

Background

The FMLA Inclusion Act expands the definition of family, recognizing that all families do not look the same and that employees need to take leave to care for elderly grandparents, young grandchildren, in-laws, domestic partners and others. In addition, the FMLA Enhancement Act expands FMLA protection to workers at companies with 15-49 employees and allows for unpaid “microleave” to accompany family members to medical appointments or attend parent-teacher conferences.

Rep. Schakowsky introduced the FMLA for Part Time Workers Act to modernize the FMLA by allowing the nearly half of employees who work less than full time to access critical unpaid leave.

Rep. Wilson introduced the Family Leave for Parental Involvement in Education Act to allow parents and caregivers to take up to 8 hours a month and 48 hours a year of unpaid leave to attend school meetings and events.

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