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View Diary: President Clinton celebrates 20 years of Family and Medical Leave Act, demands more (22 comments)

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  •  Family Values (2+ / 0-)
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    bekosiluvu, Batya the Toon

    The FMLA should be amended to do three things: (1) require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, (2) expand parental and adoption leave from 12 weeks to at least six months of paid leave, and (3) fix the Bush era regulations that were enacted by the Department of Labor to make the regulations more employer friendly.  

    These are simple, concrete actions that would actually have a direct benefit to millions of families. Any self proclaimed family values politician would have a heck of a time explaining their opposition in human terms.

    •  The support period for "terminal" family members (0+ / 0-)

      should also be expanded.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:46:46 PM PST

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      •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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        musiccitymollie

        The federal statutes have already been amended to allow for more than 12 weeks in at least one situation, and could be amended here as well.  A few years back, family members who need to care for injured veterans were given 26 plus weeks of leave, albeit unpaid again and without requiring employers to provide continuous benefits for that entire period.

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