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S. 1549: Labor Leave Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1549


May 20, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to ensure that employees on leave under the Act maintain health coverage during an employer lockout.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Labor Leave Act.


Maintenance of employee benefits during an employer lockout



Section 104(c)(1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2614(c)(1)) is amended—


by striking Except and inserting the following:


In general




by striking the period and inserting and shall maintain the coverage in a situation in which the employer engages in a lockout during the leave period.; and


by adding at the end the following:


Changes in health benefits or plans

Except with respect to a change that results from a lockout described in subparagraph (A)—


if an employer provides a new health plan or benefits or changes a health plan or benefits while an employee is on leave under section 102, the employee is entitled to the new or changed plan or benefits to the same extent as the employee would be if the employee were not on leave; and


any change to a health plan, such as a change in coverage or to a premium or deductible, that applies to all employees of the employer's workforce on that plan, also applies to an employee enrolled under the plan and on leave under section 102.



In this paragraph, the term lockout means a labor dispute involving a work stoppage, in which an employer withholds work from its employees in order to gain a concession from the employees.



Effective date


In general

This Act, including the amendment made by this Act, takes effect on the date of enactment of this Act.



Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall issue amended regulations under title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2611 et seq.), taking into account the amendments made by this Act.