Core provisions: This legislation would amend the Family and Medical Leave Act (”FMLA”) to include airline flight crews, a group of employees currently excluded from coverage. Airline flight crews currently do not qualify for coverage under the FMLA, which provides employees who have worked at least 1,250 hours or 60 percent of a full-time work schedule in the previous year up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain medical reasons. The bill would clarify that flight crews should be credited for all hours, not just hours spent during flight, when determining whether they have met the threshold for FMLA qualification.
Status: The bill was introduced on July 9, 2009 by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Sue Collins (R-Maine), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and Christopher Bond (R-Mo.). A similar bill (H.R. 912) passed in the house on Feb. 9, 2009.