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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The FMLA: 20 Years On and Keeping America’s Families Strong

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Today we announced that national restaurant chain T.G.I. Fridays has agreed to change its employee leave policy to be in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The move affects thousands of employees at locations across the U.S.

The company has also agreed to pay back wages to an employee in Louisiana after failing to reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent position following FLMA-covered leave, and not allowing the employee to return to work immediately.
Younger man caring for an older manWorkers should not have to choose between their jobs, and their health or the health and welfare of family members who need their care.

That is the core belief behind the FMLA, which provides America’s workers the right to take unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks to care for themselves or a loved one while maintaining full health care coverage. It also guarantees that a worker can return to the job at the same level with the same pay and benefits.

Millions of American workers and their families have benefited since the FMLA’s provisions became effective 20 years ago this week. In the first year-and-a-half after it became available, it’s estimated that between 1.5 and 3 million Americans took FMLA-covered leave to care for themselves or a loved one.

Twenty years later, FMLA leave has been used nearly 100 million times, and research shows that the FMLA has not imposed an undue burden on employers.
But the FMLA must evolve to keep pace with the changing face of the modern family....
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