The already complex FMLA undergoes changes

You probably are aware of your obligation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to care for their own or an immediate family member's serious health condition or the birth or placement of a child. When to grant this leave is a complex issue and was the topic of "Frustrated with FMLA?," January issue, page 36. But the law recently was expanded.

NDAA changes

On Jan. 28, President Bush signed into law H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2008, which amended FMLA for the first time since its passage in 1993. Specifically, NDAA expands FMLA by providing extended leave to eligible employees to care for covered service members or to address a qualifying exigency arising from a covered family member's active duty status or notification of an impending call to active duty status in support of a contingency operation.

Care for service members