FMLA 30th Anniversary Event
The U.S. Department of Labor will mark the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – landmark legislation that has helped millions of working families in America – with an event to celebrate the law’s successes, honor FMLA champions, and look ahead at ways to ensure workers have leave when they need it.
Other FMLA 30 Events
Working While Caring: A Discussion on Workplace Leave for Family Caregivers
By the Numbers
What FMLA Means to Workers, in Their Own Words
Kris in Colorado
“When my mom was originally diagnosed with cancer, I used intermittent FMLA leave to take her to radiation appointments and oncology visits. Later, I used FMLA leave for meetings with the hospice team that helped me with her end-of-life care. Being by her side made a world of difference for both of us. I don’t feel the guilt or remorse I did when I wasn’t able to be there for my dad.”
– Kris Garcia, Denver, Colorado
Christina in Colorado
“When I gave birth, the FMLA enabled me to take 12 weeks of leave from my job. That was essential because it gave me time to recover and bond with my baby. Recovery was difficult, but by the time I returned to work, I was ready because I had the opportunity to rest. My husband also took four weeks of leave from his job, which gave him time to be home with our son during an important time in his development.
Unfortunately, my mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was pregnant and she was given a prognosis of 6-9 months. Since I had FMLA leave after giving birth, I was able to visit her four times while she was sick and grieve her loss when she ultimately died when my son was 11 weeks old.
FMLA gave us peace of mind, time to adjust to becoming parents and an opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one. All workers deserve time to be there for their familities, in times of joy and sorrow, without risking their livelihoods.”
– Christina Townsend, Denver, Colorado
Share Your #FMLA30 Message
The Wage and Hour Division will share resources and worker stories on social media using #FMLA30. Join the conversation by telling everyone why you support the FMLA.
- Get to know the FMLA 30th anniversary event speakers
- News Release: U. S. Department of Labor Highlights Federal Family, Medical Leave Protections as Nation Marks 30th Anniversary of Passage of Landmark Legislation
- Visit dol.gov/FMLA for more information about family and medical leave.
- Learn more about our work to address barriers to workplace leave and empower more workers to exercise their rights under the FMLA.