On Feb. 5, 2014, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) reintroduced a Bill, that if passed, would extend both who is covered and what is covered under the Federal and Medical Leave Act.
Who: Extending leave protections under the FMLA to employers with 25 or more employees, a lower threshold than the current 50 or more employee requirement. Thus, the Bill would bring many small employers under the FMLA.
What is covered: At this time, the FMLA entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. The proposed expansion would allow employees to use leave for reasons that:Do not necessarily rise to the level of a serious health condition; or In some cases, are not medically related at all. The Bill proposes up to four additional hours of FMLA leave per month of unpaid Parental Involvement and Family Wellness, to participate in or attend activities sponsored by a school or communityContinue Reading