Bush Administration Goes After Family And Medical Leave Act
Now, according to a recent USA Today story, it looks like the Bush crew is going to take a shot at watering down this important law.
Specifically, they are targeting the provisions that allow workers to take unpaid time off incrementally, in one or two day chunks, as necessary for things like doctor's appointments and short hospital stays.
Even though all time off under FMLA is without pay, corporate types are claiming that the law hurts profits and, of course, the Bush administration is eager to side with them. The Labor Department has been looking at ways to change the law (to provide less rights to workers) since 2002.
And you would never know that Corporate America has a reason to be so concerned given that, since 2001, profits for large companies have been going up while wages have declined. (See graph, courtesy of St. Louis Federal Reserve.)
Are you listening, middle class folks? Stay tuned....