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What are the new FMLA rules affecting federal employees?

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Q. We’ve heard that federal employees’ FMLA rights have recently expanded.  Can you tell us about this?

A. This has to do with FMLA leave related to the military service of an employee’s relative. Under a new federal rule, a federal employee can take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for a qualifying exigency when the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent is on active military duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty.

The final rule became effective Oct. 31, 2011.  

Federal employees can take FMLA leave to help a ­military-connected relative deal with:

  1. Short-notice deployment
  2. Military events and related activities
  3. Child care and school activities
  4. Financial and legal arrangements
  5. Counseling
  6. Rest and recuperation
  7. Post-deployment activities
  8. Additional activities if the agency and the employee agree that they are qualifying exigencies.

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