DOL issues final FMLA regs addressing military leave

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The 2010 defense spending bill amended the FMLA by expanding the law’s military exigency and caregiver leave provisions to include more employees and cover veterans. Final regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) implement these provisions and make some additional clarifying changes to the FMLA regs in general. The regs became effective March 8, 2013. (78 F.R. 8833, 2-6-13)

Caregiver leave

The FMLA’s military caregiver leave provisions allow eligible employees who are service members’ spouses, children, parents or next of kin to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period to care for them.

The final regs expand the 26-week military caregiver leave provision to include covered veterans who are undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy for a serious injury or illness sustained or aggravated in the line of duty, which became apparent before or after they left active service. Covered vets ...(register to read more)

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