The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA), also known as HR 2647, was signed by President Obama last week.  This Act amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and includes an expansion of the recently-enacted exigency and caregiver leave provisions for military families.
• HR 2647 expands the exigency leave benefits to include family members of active duty service members.  Previously, only family members of National Guard and Reservists were eligible for “exigency leave”. (The 2008 amendment allowed eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave for urgent needs related to a reservist family member’s…spouse, son, daughter, or parent…call to active service.)
• HR 2647 expands the caregiver leave provision to include veterans who are undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy for serious injury or illness that occurred any time during the five years preceding the date of treatment. (The 2008 amendment allowed eligible employees to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a family member…spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin…who was injured while serving on active military duty.
These previsions are effective upon enactment.  If you have any questions regarding the expansion of FMLA or any other leaves of absence questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 661-631-2165.  Revisions to your leave policies will be forwarded to you upon legal counsel review.

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