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Check your FMLA policy: Does it comply with new leave expansions?

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THE LAW: The FMLA requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of un­­­­paid leave to recover from their own serious health condition or for the birth or adoption of a child. Addi­tion­ally, eligible employees may take leave to care for an immediate family mem­­ber with a serious health condition.

In 2008, Congress created a new category of leave—military caregiver leave. Employees serving in the military or who are next of kin to service members may take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave under specific conditions.

WHAT’S NEW: Congressional actions often grab the headlines, but recent executive branch moves have subtly expanded those who qualify for leave.

First, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would construe the definition of “son or daughter” very broadly. Specifically, employees (mar­­ried or not, in a same-sex or ­opposite-sex relationship) who act in loco parentis are eligible to t...(register to read more)

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