DOL issues final FMLA military caregiver, exigency leave regs

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued final regulations expanding the FMLA’s caregiver and military exigency leave provisions to include more employees and cover veterans. The new regs, nearly three years in the making, formalize amendments included in 2010 defense spending legislation.

For employers, they mean taking a fresh look at FMLA policies to ensure they comply. The regs went into effect in March.

Caregiver leave now covers vets

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 suffered or aggravated in the line of duty, which became apparent before or after t...(register to read more)

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