Family Support/Employment: Family Medical Leave Modernization Act Introduced in House and Senate

On December 17, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act (S.3071/H.R.5456). This bill expands the Family and Medical Leave Act definition of family to include domestic partners, parents-in-law, aunts, uncles, siblings, adult children, grandparents, grandchildren, sons- or daughters-in-law, and other significant relationships. Furthermore, it guarantees that parents and other family caregivers can take time off to attend medical appointments or school functions, such as a parent-teacher conference, without a risk of losing their job. The Arc supports this legislation.

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