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FMLA Amendments

Published by on January 29, 2008

President Bush has signed legislation amending the FMLA that will permit 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 […]

President Bush has signed legislation amending the FMLA that will permit 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.”  The amendments also provide leave to family members for service members called up for “contingency operations.”

Information on the amendment is posted here on the DOL web site.  The full text of the FMLA with the amended portions highlighted in bold italics can be found here.

According to The FMLA Blog, the DOL has confirmed that the amendments are effective immediately.  New regulations applying the amendments are expected.

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