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The FMLA at 20: Anniversary overview of the landmark law

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Since 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act has provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child; caring for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or convalescence after an employee’s own serious health condition.

For most of its history, complying with the FMLA has been complex, but at least the law stayed the same. In 2009, that all changed when the first major overhaul of the FMLA took effect. The DOL’s revised FMLA regulations contained several key changes in administering leave.

Among the most important were new provisions that granted FMLA leave to employees with family members serving in the military. (See "Military Family Leave.")

Compliance regulations

The FMLA affects about 50 million workers in the private sector and 300,000 U.S. businesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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