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)
- Check calendar when employee files lawsuit covered by employment agreement
- Warn managers: Personal problems aren't 'Distractions'
- Employee returning from FMLA leave? OK to assign her to different, equivalent job
- FMLA compliance doesn't rule out enforcing attendance policy
- Craft 'last-chance' agreements with on-the-ropes workers