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2006 House Bill 357: Require employer-provided family military leave
Introduced by Rep. Kathy W. Stein (D) on January 13, 2006 To provide up to 5 days of unpaid family military leave for firms that employ 15 to 50 employees. The bill would provide for up to 10 days of unpaid family military leave for firms that employ more than 50 employees. The bill would require advance notice of intention to take leave. The bill would prohibit the taking of family military leave until other types of leave are exhausted, except for sick and disability leave. The bill also would require that employers to restore employees to their old position or an equivalent position upon returning from family military leave; require employers to continue benefits at the employee's expense. The bill would provide that taking military leave shall not result in the loss of benefits, shall not affect collective bargaining agreements, and shall not diminish contract rights. The bill also would prohibit a person taking family military leave from losing benefits before taking leave, from losing collective bargaining agreements or benefit plans, from having family military leave diminished, or from having contract rights or seniority status diminished. The bill would prohibit employers from interfering with family military leave rights, and from taking action against an employee who exercises leave rights. The bill provides for civil actions in circuit court to enforce the Act.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee on January 17, 2006
Reported in the House on January 24, 2006 Favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar.
Received in the Senate on February 9, 2006
Referred to the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee on February 13, 2006