The Family Medical Leave Enhancement Act (H.R. 824) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and has been referred to the appropriate subcommittee. Among other things, the Act would:
- Extend coverage of FMLA to worksites where employer employs at least 25 employees at a worksite who work within 75 miles of that worksite.
- Expand reasons for leave to include elder-care; parental involvement or family wellness leave for up to 4 hours of leave in any 30-day period, not to exceed 24 hours during any 12-month period; and leave for reasons relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.
A similar version of H.R. 824 was introduced in 2005 and reintroduced in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The current version has been referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protection. No hearings have been scheduled and, as of yet, an equivalent bill has not been introduced in the U.S. Senate.