In 1993, our president Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools and companies or firms with fifty or more employees (Solis, 2009).The Family and Medical Leave Act is defined as, Federal law requiring firms with fifty or more employees to grant up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave following the birth or adoption of a child or the placement of a foster child, or during the serious illness of the employee or member of his or her family (Kuhl, E., 2003, p 374). The author of this article, Hilda L. Solis- Secretary of Labors did a good job explaining the Family and Medical Leave Act and what this act consists of. The purpose of this article is to give awareness and understanding to families that there is something out there to help with ...view middle of the document...
Employees that are eligible for this leave are employees that first, have worked for a company with fifty employees or more and second, have worked for their employer for at least twelve months and or at least 1,250 hours over the past twelve months. I canâ€™t help to feel that this act is for the employees that have put the time and fort into their company and deserve this, I guess what Iâ€™m trying to say it that it is kind of a bonus in a since to come to work every day and work hard and in the end it will pay off.
I firmly agree with this article and some of the other article that I have read, in this article I agree with what Hilda L. Solis-Secretary of Labors, because the Family and Medical Leave Act gives families and employees the opportunity to take leave if they absolutely need to. I also like how this act is for everyone, not just for men and not just for women; this promotes equal employment opportunities. Another point that I would like to point out is that the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing then to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons (Solis, 2009).
This article has impacted me by giving me the knowledge and awareness of how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to not just me, but every employee. Also, how and when I can use this unpaid leave for my future employment. I will be more educated on this act then others, and Iâ€™ll be able to ask questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act in my interview(s); which I would think would look impressive to any employer. Being able to know about information on certain thinks is always a useful tool in the workplace.
Kuhl, E. (2003). The Bedford/St. Martin's Textbook Reader.
Solis, H. L. (2009). U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved from Leave Benefits/Family and Medical Leave: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/benefits-leave/fmla.htm