On December 2, 2009, the House passed the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (S. 1422) by voice vote. This legislation amends the Family and Medical Leave Act (”FMLA”) to expand protection for airline flight crews. The bill clarifies that flight crews should be credited for all hours, not just hours spend during flight, when determining whether they have met the threshold for FMLA qualification. The FMLA 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 was passed in the Senate on November 10, 2009 and now will be presented to President Obama. An almost identical bill (H.R. 912) passed in the House on February 9, 2009.