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What are the new FMLA military leave protections?

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by David B. Ritter, Esq.

Q. I understand that the FMLA military leave rights have been expanded. Can my employees request leave to care for a family member who is a veteran undergoing medical treatment?

A. Yes. On Oct. 28, 2009, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 was signed into law, expanding the FMLA provisions related to “military caregiver leave.”

The new law permits an eligible employee to take up to 26 weeks of leave within a single 12-month period to care for a family member who is a veteran undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy for a “qualifying injury or illness.” The veteran must have been a member of the armed forces (that includes members of the National Guard or Reserve) at any time during the five years preceding the date on which the veteran undergoes medical treatment, recuperation or therapy.

The new law covers injuries and illnesses incurred by the service member...(register to read more)

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