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HR Issues Update - 02/09/2007
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Have you ever struggled to administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in your workplace? At a time when the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking suggestions on how to improve FMLA, Congress may soon consider legislation to expand the Act to require paid leave.

Almost 14 years after FMLA was signed into law by President Clinton, the Act’s original sponsor, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), announced he will introduce legislation expanding FMLA to include six weeks of mandatory paid family and medical leave. Dodd, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, is a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Two other Democratic presidential candidates are also members of the committee: Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL).

On the regulatory front, DOL has extended the comment period for its Request for Information on the FMLA regulations until Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. SHRM members still have time to submit a comment to DOL on issues such as intermittent leave, the definition of “serious health condition,” and other aspects of the Act that have proved difficult to implement.

Access SHRM’s HRVoiceweb site, select one (1) comment, and make your voice heard today!

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