CalBizCentral Helps Businesses Comply With New Federal Posting Requirements; Family and Medical Leave Act Amendments Provide Additional Benefits to Military Families

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CalBizCentral, the leading provider of human resources and legal information for California businesses, announced today a free update to its 2008 California and Federal Employment Poster to reflect recent changes in benefits for military families. Changes to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed by Congress and signed into law in late January require employers to offer additional benefits to military families and to make all employees aware of such benefits.

CalBizCentral, the leading provider of human resources and legal information for California businesses, announced today a free update to its 2008 California and Federal Employment Poster to reflect recent changes in benefits for military families.

Changes to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed by Congress and signed into law in late January require employers to offer additional benefits to military families and to make all employees aware of such benefits.

The expansion of the FMLA permits a "spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin" to take up to 26 workweeks of leave to care for a "member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness."

"CalBizCentral is providing this free poster update through our website at CalBizCentral.com," said Jessica Hawthorne, labor law counsel with CalChamber. "California and federal laws are frequently changed and employers are required to keep their employee notifications updated as well. This easy-to-download update will help California businesses follow the law and inform their employees about these expanded benefits for military families."

To access the poster update, please go to http://www.CalBizCentral.com and click on "FMLA Poster Update" in the What's New section. CalBizCentral is a division of the California Chamber of Commerce. A Spanish version of the posting will be available on CalBizCentral once the language is finalized.

The new law also permits an employee to take FMLA leave for "any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the employee is on active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in the Armed Forces in support of a contingency operation." This provision of the new law will be clarified when the Secretary of Labor issues final regulations defining "any qualifying exigency." The Labor Department is working on such regulations and, in the interim, is encouraging employers to provide this type of leave to qualifying employees.

About CalChamber
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California's economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at http://www.calchamber.com.

About CalBizCentral
CalBizCentral is a one-stop site for products that answer California and federal labor law and HR questions, alleviate confusion and allow businesses to focus their time and effort on their work. For more information or to review CalBizCentral's products, please visit http://www.calbizcentral.com.

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