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Medical Professionals: What’s your experience with the FMLA?

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Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20 this week. Medical professionals, we want to hear from you. Have you witnessed attempted abuse of the law? Do you feel trapped in the middle of a tense relationship between employer and employee? What’s your experience with the FMLA?

The FMLA at 20: Room for improvement?

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Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

We heard from parents who have taken FMLA time to care for sick children, others who have lamented the law's time limitations -- and from a doctor who's found himself caught in the middle of delicate negotiations between his patients and their employers.

Have you applied for family or medical leave?

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President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law on Feb. 5, 1993.

Twenty years ago today President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into law, granting 12 weeks of job protection to workers recovering from an accident, tending to a sick loved one or caring for a new baby.