The Creation of FMLA
Step 1: Recognizing the Problem/Setting the Agenda
The number of single parent households is rising rapidly.
During the period of childrearing, it is appropriate that both parents be involved equally.
Parents are having to choose between their jobs and their children.
There is not enough security of jobs for people who have serious health conditions.
Gender discrimination can be very prevalent.
To make life less about the workplace and more about family values (in certain scenarios).
To allow people to leave work for medical reasons or the birth or adoption of a child.
To hear the interests and needs of the employers.
To make work equal for women and men alike.
This is the type of stress somebody would be under after missing too much work.
In an ideal situation, both parents would want to be involved equally with raising a child. This is something that was difficult to do before FMLA due to having to work.
Nursing Back to Health
Sometimes, parents would not be able to take off if a child was very sick, which added extra stress onto them.