By: Abigail Crouse
On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010. Included in the NDAA is the Supporting Military Families Act of 2009, which makes two small but important changes to the military family leave available under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These amendments are effective immediately. All FMLA covered employers should review and update their FMLA policies to reflect these changes.
In 2008, the FMLA was amended to provide two new types of FMLA leave to employees who have a family member serving in the armed services:
These two forms of leave remain intact but are slightly modified. Specifically, the new law provides:
Many employers are already generous in granting military family leave, therefore, these changes are not likely to have a significant effect on day-to-day administration of employee leaves. However, covered employers should review their policies and make necessary changes to accurately reflect the law and should notify employees of any changes to their policies. Employers should also watch for a revised FMLA poster from the Department of Labor that will reflect these changes.
If you have any questions about the FMLA or other employment law issues, please contact Abigail Crouse or another member of the Gray Plant Mooty Employment and Labor practice group.
This article is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. You are urged to consult a lawyer concerning any specific legal questions you may have.
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