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MILITARY BEREAVEMENT LEAVE
(2007-08-22)
(wgvu) - - THE STATE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED A
BILL TODAY THAT WOULD GIVE SOME FINANCIAL PROTECTION TO FAMILY
MEMBERS OF SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.
THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE UP TO 10 PAID DAYS
OF BEREAVEMENT LEAVE FOR A SPOUSE, CHILD OR PARENT OF THE MILITARY
MEMBER.
THE BILL ALSO WOULD PROHIBIT AN EMPLOYER FROM FIRING OR
PUNISHING AN EMPLOYEE WHO REQUESTS OR TAKES THE BEREAVEMENT LEAVE.
SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL HAVE SAID THEY ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY
MICHIGAN EMPLOYER WHO HAS DENIED BEREAVEMENT LEAVE FOR A FAMILY
MEMBER OF A SOLDIER KILLED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.
BUT THEY SAY THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION IN CASE THAT EVER
HAPPENS.
THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE BY A 105-TO-1 VOTE. THE LEGISLATION
NOW GOES TO THE SENATE.

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