Core provisions: This Act would entitle employees to two weeks of leave per 12-month period for each family member of the employee who is in the military and either receives notification of an impending call or order to active duty or is deployed in connection with a contingency operation. The Act would apply to spouses, children, or parents of members of the military. The leave could be taken intermittently or all at once. The employer may permit, but not require, the employee to use paid leave during the two-week period. To the extent an employer does not otherwise grant its employees a full two weeks of paid leave, the remaining leave could be taken as unpaid leave. An employer may require an employee to provide certification of the family member’s military situation in a timely manner. Upon return from leave, employees are entitled to be restored to their prior position or an equivalent position with equivalent rights and benefits of employment. The Act would make unlawful an employer’s attempt to discriminate against an employee for exercising rights under this Act, or interfere with, restrain, or deny the employee permitted leave.
Status: The bill was introduced in the Senate on July 10, 2009, by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.