Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act that was prepared for the welfare of employees but according to workers' rights groups; there are still many employees who don't feel provisioned under the act. They are still left with no other option but to make a choice between their family and their job. This becomes quite unfair and difficult; especially, during a serious incident.
According to FMLA, each of the employees is allowed to have 12 weeks unpaid leave in case of a baby birth or a serious illness in the family. But on this anniversary of FMLA, the group has highlighted a few discrepancies that the Act features. Considering this, they have also asked for the modification and expansion of the law so that a new rule could come into existence.
When FMLA talks about illness in family, there are a number of restrictions that hinder. Like, approximately 40% of the workforce is stated ineligible. As said by Ellen Bravo, of Family Values @ Work, "It has a very narrow definition of family".
In case of same-sex partners or for the grandparents; the Act does not allow taking leave. Moreover, only those employees are allowed for such a leave who work for at least 25 hours a week.