Flight crews could qualify for family leave time

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 2:34 PM

Flight attendants and crew members could take unpaid leave to care for a newborn or sick family member under a bill approved by Congress.

The measure, which passed the House on a voice vote Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate approved the legislation on Nov. 10.

Flight crews were considered excluded under the Family and Medical Leave Act because they don't work traditional 40-hour weeks.

The legislation aims to clarify the intent of the law so that airline flight crews are covered.

The 1993 law grants eligible workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for family emergencies, the birth of children, or because the employee has a serious health condition. It generally covers employers with 50 or more workers.

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The bill is S.1422

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