20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
(February 5, 2013)
- President Bill Clinton is surrounded by Lorrie Knight-Major, a mother and caretaker, Army Sargent Ryan Major, wounded on duty in Iraq, and Acting Secretary Seth Harris, ahead of an event commemorating the Family and Medical Leave Act’s 20th Anniversary and the announcement of revisions benefiting military families and airline flight crews.
- Former secretary Hilda Solis, former president Bill Clinton, former Secretary Alexis Herman, and Acting Secretary Seth Harris.
- Acting Secretary Seth Harris welcomes the audience in the Cesar Chavez Auditorium as well as thousands more viewers online.
- Acting Secretary Harris welcomes the audience in the Cesar Chavez Auditorium. On stage with him are from left Tina Tchen, White House Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls; Rep. Rosa DeLauro; former Senator Christopher Dodd; and former President Bill Clinton.
- President Clinton leans in to former Senator Dodd as Acting Secretary Harris announces revisions to FMLA that will benefit military families and airline flight crews.
- Tina Tchen, who also serves as an advisor to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks about the FMLA’s impact on working women.
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro brought the audience to tears with her own story taking personal leave, while working as Chief of Staff to Senator Dodd, to tend to her cancer.
- Acting Secretary Harris leads a standing ovation for the introduction of former Senator Christopher Dodd, a principal architect of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- President Bill Clinton addresses the crowd at the FMLA 20th Anniversary event.
- President Clinton acknowledges the leadership role played by Rep. DeLauro and former Senator Dodd in the passage and expansion of FMLA.
- The crowd in the Cesar Chavez Auditorium jump to their feet after President Clinton’s remarks.