DOL Publishes Proposed FMLA Changes

February, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is scheduled to publish proposed rules implementing amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The proposed rules would expand the coverage of military caregiver leave to family members of veterans for up to five years after leaving the military. Currently, the law only covers family members of "currently serving" service members. The proposed changes would also expand the military family leave provisions of the FMLA by extending qualifying exigency leave to employees whose family members serve in the regular armed forces. Currently, the law only covers families of National Guard members and reservists. For airline flight crew employees, it would add a special hours of service eligibility requirement and specific provisions for calculating the amount of FMLA leave used that better take into account the hours flight crews work, which is often difficult to track.

Notice of the proposed rulemaking can be viewed at:

Once the proposed rules are published in the Federal Register, there will be an open period for the public to comment.


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