Analysis of the Amended Family and Medical Leave Act

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On August 5, 1993 the amended Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), was intended to help employees have a work life balance. This accomplishment placed the United Stated ahead of major barriers for the fair labor laws. Before having the amended FMLA put into place, employees were rarely granted job protection for caring for newborns, relatives and personal medical illness. With the new amended act, it allowed employees to take a leave of absence from their job and allowed protection from being fired or having to take a reduced work scheduled by force from the company. Initially, the bill had been introduced to Congress session for the past nine years and had been vetoed twice by President George H.W. Bush, although, in the 1988 Presidential campaign, he had supported the thought of parental leave for employees. He had stated, "he did not think the Federal Government should order companies to provide a certain benefit" (Holmes, 1990). It is hard to imagine that as recently before the 1993 amended act not even pregnant women could take a few days off to give birth to their own child without risking their job. FMLA set a key baseline for U.S. labor practices by affirming that every so often your family must come first even if it is at the cost of losing your job. This paper will give an in-depth look at how the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 affected employees and employers and eventually changed how the United States values time with their family over work. II. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 The FMLA provides eligible employees with two types of job-protected leave: regular leave and military family leave. In turn, military family leave consists of qualifying exigency leave and military caregiver ... ... middle of paper ... ...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" (Fortman, 2013). IV. Conclusion FMLA is and will always be a landmark legislation that allowed Americans to realize that family is valuable and worth fighting for. FMLA allowed employees to understand they are able to have a balance work life with family life, which untimely create employees morale and a positive atmosphere for employers. It has also been displayed that positive workers creates positive production for employers. Overall, positive effects on employees and employers are quite overwhelming and there have been changes since the act was put into place but it is only to strength what the 1993 started- family values and protection of employees.
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