Senate Backs FMLA Coverage For Flight Crews

Law360, New York (November 11, 2009, 3:26 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that opens the door for airline flight crews to receive benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The measure, passed Tuesday, fixes a technical glitch that left coverage for flight attendants and pilots out of the landmark 1993 law because of the way it calculates the number of work hours needed to qualify.

“No flight attendant will be left behind when it comes to FMLA coverage anymore,” said Patricia Friend, president of the 50,000-member Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union,...
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