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Possible labor law changes could affect new Florida mothers

For many Florida women who are expectant mothers, the idea of soon having a child could be one that fills them with joy. However, if they are also employees, those soon-to-be mothers may fear that their income will suffer when they take time away to be with their newborn. As a result of this fear, labor law could see changes that could potentially lead to better paid leave for new mothers.

Though the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, has been in place for over two decades, many parties do not believe that it adequately covers maternity leave. While there are several weeks of leave that are required to be given to new mothers, many of these mothers cannot afford to be away from work for the entirety of their leave. Because their income suffers when they are on leave, they must return to work sooner.

There are states which have implemented their own family leave laws, which appear to be working for residents. Unfortunately, the FMLA has been unable to create such success on a nationwide level. However, it has been speculated that if the successful state plans are used as a guide for changes in the FMLA, more individuals may be able to receive more of their income while on leave.

It is unclear whether any changes will be put into effect and whether they will actually be effective. However, Florida workers who are expecting children may hope that changes come about that could allow them to spend more time with their newborns without the stressful burden of losing significant income. Individuals who are interested in this area of labor law may wish to follow the potential chance for change and how they may be affected.

Source: The Boston Globe, "Small payroll tax is best way to cover paid maternity leave," July 14, 2014

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