Family Medical Leave Act

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives employees twelve weeks off for a worker’s own serious health condition, to bond with a new child, or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or parent. The FMLA guarantees unpaid job-protected leave, including the maintenance of seniority and benefits and continuation of group health insurance coverage. The worker must be returned to the same or equivalent job at the end of their leave.  The FMLA applies to all public sector employees and to private sector employees in businesses of 50 or more workers within a 75-mile radius.  Additionally, employees must work for their employer for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the year preceding the leave.

Commentary

Chamber of Commerce Was Wrong About Family and Medical Leave Law

February 04, 2013
US Capitol building

Darrel Issa’s Government Handover

January 05, 2011

Cry Wolf Quotes

[The Democratic Party] don't get that the ability of American businesses to create jobs is directly related to the burden government places on their backs. They don't get that mandating family and medical leave is just one more burden added…. Mandating that business pick up the tab for these benefits allows them to advance their agendas without spending Federal dollars.

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Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX)
09/30/1992 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

There is nothing profamily about putting people out of work--but that is exactly what this bill does. Estimates are that tens of thousands of working men and women will be put out of work if this bill passes….there is nothing democratic about Congress playing Big Brother and mandating one set of benefits over another.

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Representative Rodney Grams (R-MN)
02/03/1993 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

The family-leave bill is another example of the crass hypocrisy that afflicts the leisured class on Capitol Hill. Its champions sanctimoniously call it ‘pro-family,’ but it really places a tax on mothers who work because they must work to support their families. The type of ‘family’ it would truly benefit would be two lawyers who marry each other and have their first offspring at 38 after having purchased their big house in the suburbs and the his-and-her ‘Beamers.’ If Congress wants to help families that are economically stressed, it should simply cut taxes. In the meantime, the president should not waver on his promise to veto this yuppie vacation law.

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Editorial, The Washington Times
04/11/1991 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

This disturbing trend is nothing short of Europeanization -- a polite term for socialism.

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Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC). States News Service.
11/18/1987 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

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