New Florida FMLA status: Pet abuse victim?

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State Sen. Mike Fasano has proposed an amendment to Florida’s Family and Medical Leave Act that would allow workers to take time off to protect their pets from potential domestic abuse. It’s envisioned as a parallel to current law, which lets workers take leave to deal with their own domestic abuse.

The new legislation would amend state law to allow workers to take time off to prevent a partner from “inflicting, attempting to inflict, physical injury against a [pet],…or placing a family or household member in fear of physical harm to a [pet].”

For employers already struggling to manage FMLA issues, the pet abuse proposal threatens to take another bite out of their time. The key question: How do you certify a threat against someone’s pet?

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