by Michael M. Shetterly, Esq., Ogletree Deakins
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new regulations implementing statutory changes to thethat increase coverage for military families.
The FMLA grants employees the right to take leave from work to deal with family and medical issues without fear of losing their jobs. Over the past several years, both Congress and the DOL have increased the scope of who may take.
First, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to slowly boil, Congress created two new types of leave: military caregiver leave and qualifying exigency leave. Military caregiver leave was originally enacted to give leave to care for current members of the military who were injured. Qualifying exigency leave made sure that the families of National Guard and Reserve members could take leave if stand-by forces were called to duty.
A few years ago, Congress...(register to read more)