S.3071: Family Medical Leave Modernization Act


The Family Medical Leave Modernization Act (S. 3071) would update FMLA’s definition of family to include a domestic partner, parent-in-law, aunt, uncle, sibling, adult child, grandparent, grandchild, son- or daughter-in-law, and other significant relationships. Additionally, the bill would guarantee that parents and other family caregivers have the ability to take time off to attend a medical appointment or school function, such as a parent-teacher conference, without risk of losing their job.

H.R. 5456 is the House companion bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Talking Points

  • Family and Medical Leave Act so that extended family members can take care of children when their parents are unavailable, with increase the wellbeing of millions of children who live in complex households. This bill will allow families not to have to choose between tending to a loved one or losing their job.

Our Stance




Bill Number


Date Introduced

December 17, 2019


Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled