FMLA changes are here — and even more are on the way

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Employers with 50 or more employees that are subject to the requirements of the FMLA, take note: Significant developments are under way:

A new law extends leave benefits to military families, and the U.S. Labor Department is revamping regulations interpreting employers’ obligations under the FMLA.

Leave for military families

In January, the FMLA was amended to extend leave benefits to military families. Some employees are now eligible for up to 26 weeks in a single year.

The FMLA amendments add the following leave entitlements:

  1. On an annual basis: Up to 12 weeks of leave for an “exigency” related to active-duty service by the employee’s immediate family member.
  2. Once during an employee’s employment: Up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin who is a member of the armed forces and who is undergoing medical treatment or who is medically unfit to perform military dut...(register to read more)

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