The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was and continues to be, a life link for American families struggling with illness and significant injuries. This landmark legislation signed by former president Bill Clinton was one of the first substantive steps to provide workers with guaranteed worksite leave rights to care for themselves or their close family members while assuring an individual would be able to return to work upon resolution.
Guaranteeing unpaid worksite leave respecting short-term events up to twelve weeks in duration per year, as well as ongoing leave for intermittent medical emergencies and illnesses, the worksite leave rights guaranteed by the FMLA are an essential safety net for families navigating such uncertainties in life.
Worksite leave rights were further bolstered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) USERRA protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily leave employment positions to undertake military service or certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System.
USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed services, and applicants to the uniformed services.
On September 29, 2022, President Biden signed S. 2293 the “Civilian Reservist Emergency Workforce Act of 2021” or the “CREW Act,” into law. The “CREW Act” extends employment protections under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reservists who deploy to major disaster sites.
Join us for an introductory survey of the worksite leave rights and other employee entitlements guaranteed by the operation of these two significant pieces of legislation in this important educational program.
A Baldwin Professional Education Connection Webcast.
Marie Smith (S)
Bill Freeman (S)
Jason Sheffield (M)