The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 has several gaps that, according to some, seriously limit its effectiveness, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is out to fix that.

The gaps essentially make it very difficult, if not impossible, for most working Americans to take advantage of the protections offered under the FMLA, DeLauro thinks. To rectify things, she has introduced into Congress HR 3712 — the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013.

The proposed legislation would guarantee workers regardless of the size of their employer up to 12 weeks of paid leave each year. This is a major departure from FMLA of 1993, which proscribed no protection for employees at small businesses.

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