Family leave extended to servicemembers and their families

By MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS | Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) | Published: February 6, 2013

On the 20th anniversary of the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Labor Department announced Tuesday an expansion of FMLA for military servicemembers and their families.

Eligible workers can take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a current servicemember with a serious injury or illness. Workers who are eligible under the law also can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualifying emergencies that arise out of active duty or call to active duty, in support of a family member serving in the National Guard or Reserve.

This means workers can attend a spouse's farewell and welcome-home ceremonies without being penalized at work. They also can spend time with family members on leave from active duty without risking their jobs, the Labor Department said.


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