A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has brought forward a bill to end restrictions on family leave imposed on married couples who work for the same employer. The current provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act place limits on the time that married couples working at the same place can take off to care for a newborn, adopted child or ailing parent. If the reforms described in the Fair Access for Individuals to Receive Leave Act become law, married co-workers in New York and nationwide would have a right to each take 12 weeks off during a 12-month period.
Like most working professionals in New York, you likely take your attendance in the workplace very seriously, and avoid missing work as much as you are able. Yet life often presents situations where having to take time away from work is unavoidable. Typically, such situations are due to family or medical issues involving you or members of your immediate. Your fears about having to miss work for an extended period of time are not unwarranted; many of those that come to us here at Raff & Becker, LLP share the same concerns. You will be happy to learn, however, that your employment status may be protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act.