Showing posts with label FMLA. Show all posts
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Monday, July 2, 2007

FMLA protection for flight attendants

Recently, a bill that would allow flight attendants to provide care for ailing family members without risking their jobs was introduced in Congress. The proposed legislation ( H.R. 2744) is known as the Airline Flight Crew Family and Medical Leave Act, and is sponsored by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY).

According to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), the original Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was passed into U.S. law in 1993, has excluded many airline workers from the FMLA protections enjoyed by every other full time working person in the United States by failing to take into consideration the unique nature of airline workers’ hours. The new legislation amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) so that flight crew members who have been paid for or completed 60% of their company's monthly hour or trip guarantee, annualized over a 12-month period, will be eligible for FMLA benefits.

The AFA is asking its members to voice their support for this important new legislation to their representatives in Congress. The union has set up a web page where you can fill in a form to send a message to your representative. Click here for more information and to voice your support for the Airline Flight Crew Family and Medical Leave Act.