Darling Bill Reduces Red Tape and Reforms Family and Medical Leave
Taking time off to care for a loved one or for a medical condition can be confusing for both employees and employers. I am working on a bill to streamline those rules.
On Thursday, I joined State Representatives Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) to author a bill which will help clear up the confusion between the state and federal versions of the law. Wisconsin is currently one of 13 states who has a state family and medical leave law that conflicts and overlaps with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
It's time Wisconsin ends the confusion about family and medical leave laws. This is a common sense reform to streamline and simplify family and medical leave laws for employers, while still protecting this critical benefit for Wisconsin's employees.
While the state and federal family and medical leave codes are very similar, their differences result in immense difficulties and confusion for employers.
Under the bill, employers who are covered under the federal family and medical leave law are exempt from the state family and medical leave law. The bill maintains a state provision which allows employees to take leave to care for a spouse, child, parent, domestic partner, or parent-in-law who has a serious health condition.
The bill is now circulating in the Senate and Assembly for co-sponsorship.