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Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States federal law that was signed into effect by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993. The legislation, which focuses on an employee’s right to take a leave due to medical issues, speaks to the changing demographics of American families. Introduced to the House of Representatives by William Ford (D-MI), the bill was designed to reduce pressure on working parents who often have to choose job security over family member needs. This entry provides an overview of the impetus for the legislation and a description of the law.

Utilizing FMLA

Since the middle of the 20th century, when divorce rates began to climb and American women began to enter the workforce in increasing numbers, ...

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