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Congress passes new law expanding family medical military leave

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

by Al Robinson and Denise Giraudo, Esqs.

Just when you thought you had implemented all the necessary changes to your family- and military-leave policies, the law has again changed. On Oct. 28, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2010 fiscal year, which includes provisions that expand the military leave entitlements of the FMLA.

The NDAA amends both the “qualifying exigency” leave and military caregiver leave rules that became effective in January 2008. The new law expands the leave available for employees, and more employees will now be able to take military family leave.

Redefining ‘qualifying exigency’

Prior to the new amendments, an eligible employee whose spouse, son, daughter or parent was on active duty or called to active duty in support of a contingency operation as a member of the National Guard or Reserve was entitled to qualifying exigency leave.

The new law ex...(register to read more)

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