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DOL: It’s time to formalize FMLA military family leave

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Jan. 30 proposed new FMLA rules that would formalize several statutory amendments that expanded military family-leave rights.

The FMLA, enacted in 1993, entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.

The proposed language would extend the entitlement of military caregiver leave to family members of veterans for up to five years after leaving the military. Now, the law only covers family members of “currently serving” service members.

The proposal also expands the military family leave provisions of the FMLA by extending “qualifying exigency” leave to employees whose family members serve in the regular armed forces. Currently, the law only covers families of National Guard members and reservists. Eligible employees would be entitled to 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12-month period.

The new rules would officially incorporate in...(register to read more)

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