Family Medical Leave Act Takes Effect

1993

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is adopted by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The law enables an employee to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period for: the birth or adoption of a child; acquiring a foster child; the serious illness of a child, spouse or parent; and the serious illness of the employee. The right to take leave applies equally to male and female workers.