In Florida, the state’s version of theallows workers to take up to three days of leave if the employee or a family member is the victim of domestic violence. Now a state senator, Mike Fasano, has proposed an amendment that would extend that protection to pet abuse.
The bill would allow workers to take FMLA time off to protect their pets from potential domestic abuse. It would allow leave 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?
- All periods of employment count toward FMLA eligibility
- Seeking more information so employers can plan around intermittent FMLA leave
- Can we deduct pay from exempt employees who have used up PTO and FMLA leave?
- Do you round off employee hours? Be sure to round both up and down
- Do temporary employees count?