FMLA leave for military families: What you need to know about new rules and poster

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For the first time since it became law in 1993, the FMLA has been amended. President Bush signed H.R. 4986 on Jan. 28, granting FMLA-protected leave to family members of injured military personnel and to families of military reservists called to active duty.

The FMLA amendments—part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act that funds the Pentagon—expand employees’ FMLA rights in two key areas:

  1. Families of injured military personnel. Employers must offer up to 26 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave in a 12-month period to employees caring for family members wounded in the course of military duty. The law allows intermittent FMLA leave in this case, but employees have just 12 months to take the leave. Regular FMLA leave counts toward the 12-month allotment.
  2. Families of reservist call-ups. Employers must grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave to employees who have an immediate family member called to active d...(register to read more)

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