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Beloit Daily News: Advocates defend Wisconsin family medical leave law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Advocates for a Wisconsin law that extends benefits to certain people above and beyond what is offered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act say they fear the state law is in danger.

Members of the Keep Families First Coalition gathered Tuesday to urge the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee not to kill the law.

The state chamber of commerce and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are lobbying to require employers to only follow the federal law covering time off to care for a baby or loved one.

Wisconsin’s law goes beyond the federal law in that it extends leave to more part-time workers and to those taking care of an in-law or domestic partner. It also allows an employee to use sick or vacation time as medical leave.