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15 years after enactment, FMLA changing with the times

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The FMLA is undergoing change. In early 2008, Congress made the first significant amendments to the law since it was enacted almost 15 years ago in 1993. Only a few weeks later, the U.S. Labor Department published proposed changes to its FMLA regulations. After a 60-day public comment period ending April 11, the Labor Department could make the proposed rules final.

The FMLA gives eligible workers up to 12 weeks’ unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the purpose of treating their own serious health condition or caring for a newborn or a sick family member. It generally covers employers with 50 or more employees. Employees are eligible if they have worked for their employer at least one year total and 1,250 hours in the last 12 months.

FMLA protection for military families

On Jan. 28, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA). The NDAA amends the FMLA and ext...(register to read more)

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