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Proposed FMLA Regulations on Military Family Leave and Flight Crew Eligibility Published in Federal Register; We Need Your Feedback

Late last month, I reported that the Department of Labor had announced proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations with respect to Military Family Leave, Flight Crew FMLA Eligibility and the manner in which employers calculate increments of FMLA leave.

Congress Expands Family Military Leave (pdf).

Congress Expands Family Military Leave.

Congress Expands Military FMLA Leave.

Less than a year after the Department of Labor issued regulations implementing and clarifying new forms of military-related FMLA leave, Congress has approved measures that will substantially expand the scope of these provisions. On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, which among other things extends eligibility for "qualifying exigencies" and military caregiver leave to a larger population of employees. The legislation does not include an effective date, suggesting that it took effect immediately upon the President's signature.

FMLA Expanded To Permit Leave for Family Members of Military Personnel (pdf).

On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA), which contains a provision amending the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for the first time since the FMLA was enacted in 1993. The NDAA amendment expands the FMLA for employees in military families.

New Law Expands Family and Medical Leave Act.

This past week, the House of Representatives passed a revised version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which was primarily intended to address concerns over litigation surrounding the Gulf War. But one section of that bill included provisions extending FMLA protection to close family relatives of uniformed service members. The Senate subsequently passed the same bill by a resounding vote of 91 to 3. On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed the bill into law, and some of its provisions are already in effect.

New Law Offers Enhanced FMLA Leave for Families of Military Personnel.

Yesterday, President George Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 which includes two provisions that expand the benefits of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to assist service members and their families. One provision requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year for a "qualifying exigency" connected to the active duty status of an employee's spouse, son, daughter or parent ("active duty leave"). The other provision entitles eligible family members to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a wounded servicemember ("caregiver leave").
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