Department of Labor Announces Proposed Changes to Military FMLA

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According to the Department of Labor (http://www.dol.gov) Military FMLA may be extended.

Keeping the basic promise of America alive means ensuring that workers, from our servicemen and servicewomen who keep us safe at home, to the flight crews who keep us safe in the skies, have the resources, support and opportunities they need.-Sec of Labor

Changes proposed would permit an employee to take leave during or following an immediate family member's deployment for matters related to the person's service (e.g., military briefings, financial or legal arrangements). According to the Department of Labor, the 26-workweek option would be extended to care for family members who are veterans with an illness or injury that occurred in the line of duty, including conditions that have arisen only after the veteran had left the service. The five days a family member can spend with a military member while on rest of recuperation is likely going to increase up to 15 days. The FMLA coverage, which currently only covers the National Guard for qualification of exigency leave, would also extend to family members serving in the armed forces.

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