20 Jun Representatives Scott, Wilson, Maloney and Schakowsky Introduce Legislation to Update the Family and Medical Leave Act
WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–June 16, 2016. Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), introduced a legislative package to update the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help workers balance work and family life. FMLA was enacted more than 20 years ago to provide workers with job-protected leave to care for themselves or a family member. Since its enactment, the FMLA has been used more than 200 million times and ensured that those workers did not have to choose between the jobs they need or caring for the family they love. Unfortunately, millions of workers find themselves outside of the law’s protections, due to the FMLA’s restrictive eligibility requirements and the narrow definition of family-related leave events. Approximately 40 percent of workers in the United States are currently excluded from the FMLA’s protections.