The long-awaited, and much commented-on, changes to regulations governing theAct ( ) were finalized and released in November by the Department of Labor (DOL). They are effective January 16, 2009. The regulations are, for the most part, not significantly different than the proposed rules that were issued earlier this year, except there are new rules concerning the expansion of the FMLA for military family members.
The procedures used for taking militaryare the same as those used for other types of whenever possible. Therefore, the DOL has incorporated, wherever feasible, the new military family leave entitlements into the existing FMLA statutory framework. Creating completely separate provisions "would create unnecessary confusion and complexity for employees and employers," said the DOL.
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