Buttigieg has now proved what has long been suspected: It is trivially-easy to abuse FMLA and other "mandated" leave provisions without consequence, so go ahead and do it -- right here, right now.
**** ALL employers and **** the government.
After all they're willing to **** you, right? Vax mandates and swabs-up-nose, along with "insurance" surcharges anyone?
Let me explain.
Pregnancy has a nine-month lead time. Therefore if you and your wife or girlfriend (or the other way around) are having fun and intentionally or otherwise wind up pregnant you cannot predict whether nine months into the future, at the time you do the deed, you will be in some form of serious job stress requiring your attendance. You don't have a time machine and since pregnancy takes nine months to resolve in said requirement for your undivided attention (maybe seven or eight months for most women, all nine for men) unless you know your job is going to be 100% "all hands on deck" for the next year into the future you simply have no idea whether your personal decision to make a new family member is going to have a severe impact on your employer or not.
This is never true for adoption.
I'm an adopted child so before you say "oh you don't understand" shut the **** up right now since I most-certainly do understand. Up to the point of adoption there was no burden. Oh yes, you might spend all manner of money and be on some waiting list. But the fact remains that the obligation does not have a nine-month lead; it happens now when you actually sign the papers and become, in the immediate timeframe, said parent and never otherwise.
Pete decided to do this in the middle of a supply chain dislocation that he knew, when he took the job, was going to occur because it started before Biden took office and had no sign of abating at any time since.
He decided to add a child to his family on his chosen schedule despite this fact and knowledge of the burden his job presented and then intentionally absconded from his duties to his position abusing the provisions of a law that allowed him to do exactly that and screw you.
FMLA was put in place to address what many people considered unknowable circumstances that could occur, and which society deemed (by passing said law) appropriate to shift to the employer despite the possible serious harm done to said employer by doing so.
No protection to prevent abuse by deliberately causing said disruption in your life and laying it off on your employer on purpose was written into the law. In this case Pete decided to do exactly that and screw 330 million employers -- the people who are responsible for covering the taxes from which his salary is paid and who have every right to expect his job to be fulfilled.
Oh by the way, despite Pete's protest otherwise he is not eligible because you must have been employed for 12 months in that position and worked 1,250 hours during those 12 months. No, the recent FEPLA law doesn't make him eligible since you must meet FMLA requirements to use it. He could have not met either requirement as Biden has not been in office for 12 months. In short he screwed the people because he can.
Now maybe it is proper and maybe it is not to protect people against the unforeseeable bad luck or bad timing that may be encountered in one's family. That's a separate debate but its one that we had and which resolved, in the present tense, in the availability of paternity leave tied only to mental and psychological factors, not physical recovery from actual childbirth which, of course, no man can ever undergo despite the protests of so-called "gender fluid" liars. No uterus, no birth. Period. Argue with God or Darwin over that as you see fit.
But that's not what occurred here.
What occurred here was a deliberate decision to undertake a life choice with immediate effect in the middle of a crisis and lay the cost of off on others, specifically the entire ****ing country to whom he promised faithful and full-throated service in his job.
Well, since Pete has not only done this he in addition did not qualify to take leave, paid or not, under FMLA and FEPLA but has gotten blessed for it instead of being immediately fired by Biden for abusing the law Pete has personally opened the door for everyone else to exploit this to the maximum possible extent.
Every single one of you should go **** their employer via the exact same mechanism -- a personally and intentionally manufactured "crisis" that requires you take family leave until and unless all the ****ing aimed at you via so-called "mandates" ceases, irrespective of the justification used to abuse you such as impending OSHA or "contracting" requirements.
When those who abuse you declare and demonstrate how to shove a white-hot poker up their ass entirely within the law then you damned well ought to take their example and make them taste it, bottoms-up.