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20th anniversary of FMLA

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which gives  workers time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, sick relative, or their own illness. At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking provision that protected workers who needed to attend to family or medical needs from losing their jobs. Today, it’s time for an update.  

FMLA must be strengthened to catch up to the changing times since it was first enacted two decades ago. Among other updates, it should provide not only time off to deal with family or medical issues, but should provide paid time off.

Check out the great work from some of our partners on FMLA at 20:


  • From Donald Cohen, CryWolf Project  –  Chamber of Commerce Was Wrong About Family and Medical Leave Law
  • From Demos –  Going Back Too Soon: Without pay, many new parents can’ttake the time off granted them by the FMLA.
  • From Small Business Majority –  Two Decades On: Small Businesses Strongly Support Family Medical Leave Act
You can also weigh in on Twitter regarding the 20th anniversary of FMLA by using or searching for the hashtag, #FMLA20. It’s been an active one today!