|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Thursday, June 28, 2007
FMLA Feedback, Not Regulations — And Another Prediction
The AP story as printed on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website summarizes the report as Medical leave program generally popular, which I don't think really reflects the view of most major employers.
Senator Chris Dodd one of the original authors of FMLA is teaming with Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska to offer a proposal that would create an insurance fund to allow 8 weeks of FMLA leave to be paid. Anyone who says that paid FMLA leave would not result in considerable more use and a multiplication of current employer problems, is either not being realistic or honest, or both.
Still, the political reality is that there is not going to be any "fix" for the foreseeable future that is not accompanied by some sort of expansion in benefits — be it paid leave, more employers covered or longer unpaid leave. And to make matters even worse for employers — if I had to choose which was more likely, expansion of benefits with or without a fix for employers, I would place my money on the latter.