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December 7, 2009

FMLA Coverage for Military Families Expands

Filed under: General HR Buzz3:04 pm

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Act expands FMLA exigency leave to include families of active duty members of the Armed Forces.

Previously, only family members of Reservists or National Guard members called to active duty could utilize leave for qualifying exigencies which include such things as short-notice deployment, military events, childcare and school activities, financial and legal arrangements, rest and recuperation, counseling, post-deployment activities, or additional related activities.

The Act also extends the possible timeframe during which FMLA caregiver leave could be taken to up to 5 years after the veteran leaves active duty.

The changes are effective immediately and will require changes to company FMLA leave policies.

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