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The 9 rule changes rocking the FMLA world

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For the past 15 years, complying with the FMLA has been complex, but at least the law (once you figured it out) stayed the same. But in January 2009, that all changed when the first major overhaul of the FMLA took effect.

“The new rules drastically change the way much of the FMLA works,” said Matthew Effland, an employment law attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Indianapolis. “Some changes favor employers by offering greater flexibility in administering leave. But it’s imperative that HR professionals move quickly to update their policies so they don’t inadvertently violate the law.”

Here are the most important changes in the new FMLA regulations:

1. New military caregiver leave. Employees are allowed to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave in each 12-month period to care for family members who suffered a serious injury or illness while on active military duty.

2. New leave for families of National Guard and...(register to read more)

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