Family Leave Law

The Bush administration is proposing the first changes to regulations in the Family Medical Leave Act in more than a decade.

The act allows eligible workers to have up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a year for such things as caring for a newborn or a sick family member, or to address a serious health condition.

The Labor Department says it has sent the proposed changes to the White House, but won't say what the changes are.

Advocates for the act say they're worried that the administration will try to cut back or weaken protections of the law. They say the government should be working to expand it.

But the Labor Department says people already eligible under the act will remain eligible, and that changes will be aimed at stopping people from abusing the system.

The changes will be made public once the White House signs off on them. The Labor Department hopes the final regulations will come by the end of the year.


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