Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Military Family Leave

I received a notice at work that FMLA is now extended to the qualifying family members of soldiers in certain situations.
I thought that there may be many others out there who need this information. Having seen several of my sons off to service numerous times, I'm glad to see this being enacted. (Son Derek in the photo, being promoted last Fall in Iraq-he's on the right).

I know nothing more about this than what is included in the notice below. There is a link at the end to more information.

NOTICE: Military Family Leave

On January 28, President Bush signed into law the National DefenseAuthorization Act for FY 2008 (NDAA), Public Law 110-181. Section585(a)of the NDAA amended the FMLA to provide eligible employees working forcovered employers two important new leave rights related to militaryservice:

(1) New Qualifying Reason for Leave. Eligible employees are entitledto up to 12 weeks of leave because of “any qualifying exigency” arisingout of the fact that the spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee is onactive duty, or has been notified of an impending call to active dutystatus, in support of a contingency operation. By the terms of the statute, thisprovision requires the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations defining “anyqualifying exigency.” In the interim, employers are encouraged to provide thistype of leave to qualifying employees.

(2) New Leave Entitlement. An eligible employee who is the spouse,son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of a covered servicemember who isrecovering from a serious illness or injury sustained in the line of duty onactive duty is entitled to up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-monthperiod to care for the servicemember. This provision became effectiveimmediately upon enactment. This military caregiver leave is available during“a single 12-month period” during which an eligible employee is entitled to acombined total of 26 weeks of all types of FMLA leave.

Additional information on the amendments and a version of Title I ofthe FMLA with the new statutory language incorporated is available on the FMLAamendments Web site at: at http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/NDAA_fmla.htm

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