Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Proposed Legislation in the 114th Congress

Source: Sarah A. Donovan, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report, R44693, November 21, 2016

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA; P.L. 103-3, as amended) entitles eligible employees to unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical needs, with continuation of group health plan benefits. The 114th Congress is considering several bills to amend the FMLA. These proposals seek to create new entitlements (i.e., provide additional leave time); expand categories of permissible leave by creating new FMLA-qualifying uses of leave and by expanding the circumstances under which existing leave categories may be used; and modify employee eligibility requirements, generally and for specific worker groups…..