Let's not blame the Family and Medical Leave Act for this
Ted Frank at Point of Law discusses a report on abuses of the Family and Medical Leave Act. One quote jumped out at me:
However, many managers reported that certain types of days, including the day after Super Bowl Sunday or the first day of hunting season, had much higher absentee rates for those employees with an FMLA medical certification.
People have been playing hooky from work to go hunting long before the FMLA was enacted, and they'll do it if the Chamber gets the act repealed.
Now, don't get me wrong. I don't have kids, and as such, I've been forced to take up the slack for people who do. Sometimes, it's been for legit reasons such as a truly sick child. But other times, it's been for BS reasons like Junior's football game or Princess's school play. Sorry, if parents get to slack off from work because of their kids, I should get to slack off from work because there's a Squidbillies marathon on the Cartoon Network.