HR Strange But True!
October 13, 2011

A Florida bill was recently introduced that proposes to expand FMLA provisions to include four-legged members of the family.

According to Jay P. Lechner of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, the new bill would revise the Florida domestic violence statute and require Florida employers to provide a leave of absence to employees whose pets are injured or threatened by another family member.

Currently the Florida law states that employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide up to 3 days’ leave in any 12-month period for specified activities connected with domestic violence or sexual violence. To be eligible for such leave, an employee must have worked for the employer for at least 3 months.

“The bill would amend the definition of ‘domestic violence’ to include ‘inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury against a [pet], … or placing a family or household member in fear of physical harm to a [pet],’” reported Lechner.


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