For the first time since it became law in 1993, the 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’ in two key areas:
- Families of injured military personnel. Employers must offer up to 26 weeks of unpaid in a 12-month period to employees caring for family members wounded in the course of military duty. The law allows in this case, but employees have just 12 months to take the leave. Regular FMLA leave counts toward the 12-month allotment.
- 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)
- Employees and former employees have up to 3 years to file suit under FMLA
- OK to fire worker who has taken FMLA leave--but you had better be prepared to explain why
- When showing up for work is essential, you don't have to accommodate with lax schedule
- Fire away if worker abuses intermittent leave
- Be prepared to prove you had reasonable cause to deny reinstatement after FMLA leave