A Reminder on Congress’ Amendments to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act experienced much needed changes in 2008. Congress amended the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) earlier in the year to afford employees two new types of leave. First, employees may take 26 weeks of leave in a single 12 month period to care for an injured or ill servicemember. This provision only applies where the servicemember is the employee’s spouse, child or parent, or when the employee is the servicemember’s next of kin. Second, employees may take 12 weeks of exigency leave where a family member is on active duty or is notified of a call to active duty status. The latter does not take effect until the Department of Labor (DOL) issues final regulations. The DOL, however, is encouraging employers to offer exigency leave immediately.