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
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.
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