Text: H.R.5944 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/29/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5944

To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to clarify the eligibility requirements with respect to railroad Hours of Service employees.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 29, 2010

Mr. Bishop of New York (for himself, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Critz, and Mr. Filner) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to clarify the eligibility requirements with respect to railroad Hours of Service employees.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Railroad Hours of Service Employees Technical Corrections Act”.

SEC. 2. Leave requirement for railroad hours of service employees.

(a) Inclusion of railroad hours of service employees.—Section 101(2) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2611(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(E) RAILROAD HOURS OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES.—

“(i) DETERMINATION.—For purposes of determining whether a railroad employee who is subject to the hours of service laws under chapter 211 of title 49, United States Code, meets the hours of service requirement specified in subparagraph (A)(ii), the employee will be considered to meet the requirement if—

“(I) the employee has worked or been paid for not less than 60 percent of the applicable total guarantee, or the equivalent, for the previous 12-month period, for or by the employer with respect to whom leave is requested under section 102; and

“(II) the employee has worked or been paid for not less than 504 hours (not counting personal commute time or time spent on vacation leave or medical or sick leave) during the previous 12-month period, for or by that employer.

“(ii) FILE.—Each employer of an employee described in clause (i) shall maintain on file with the Secretary (in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe) information specifying the applicable guarantee with respect to each category of employee to which such guarantee applies.

“(iii) DEFINITION.—In this subparagraph, the term ‘applicable guarantee’ means—

“(I) for an employee described in clause (i) other than an employee on reserve status, the minimum number of hours for which an employer has agreed to schedule such employee for any given period; and

“(II) for an employee described in clause (i) who is on reserve status, the number of hours for which an employer has agreed to pay such employee on reserve status for any given period,

as established in the applicable collective bargaining agreement or, if none exists, in the employer’s policies.”.

(b) Calculation of leave for railroad hours of service employees.—Section 102(a) of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2612(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(5) CALCULATION OF LEAVE FOR RAILROAD HOURS OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES.—The Secretary may provide, by regulation, a method for calculating the leave described in paragraph (1) with respect to employees described in section 101(2)(E).”.