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Warren-backed bill would expand FMLA, pay protections for part-time employees

December 04, 2019 / Samantha Ann Schwartz
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., announced Tuesday plans to introduce a bill to expand leave, scheduling and retirement protections for certain part-time workers. A summary of the bill, titled The Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act, said the measure would require employers with more than 500 employees to offer available hours to current, available, qualified part-time employees before hiring new workers — and to compensate staff if they fail to do so. The bill also would lower the Family and Medical Leave Act's (FMLA) eligibility threshold; workers would be entitled to leave after one year of employment.