Low-Income Working Women

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FMLA for Low-Income Working Women inadequate protection to meet the needs of the mother & child Kirun Dar Queens College, New York FMLA stands for Family and Medical Leave Act. It was signed into U.S. law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Before the FMLA, families had to decide between taking care of a sick family member with a serious health condition and keeping their jobs. Mothers of newborns complained they did not have ample time at home to spend with their infants. Because of unfair labor practices in the workplace and because of prompting from supporters of family rights, former President Bill Clinton signed FMLA into law in 1993. According to the FMLA act employers allow their employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period without losing their job. The leave must be taken for covered reasons such as adoption or birth of a new baby, serious illness of the employee, or serious illness of a member of the employee's immediate family. Immediate family includes the employee's spouse, child, or parent. Under the FMLA, an employer must either retain the employee's job, or provide another position that has the same responsibilities and pay. The employee's benefits must also be reinstated once he or she returns to work, and the act forbids any type of retaliatory action by the employer against the employee for…show more content…
Since FMLA offers unpaid leave this aspect of the law can cause a dilemma for women who need the time off but would struggle because of the loss of income. The need to provide care to a seriously sick child or elderly parent causes women to pull back at work. Women who are juggling these choices have no other option but to step down from demanding positions or move from full-time to part-time work. Both workplace adjustments can mean unnecessary permanent income

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