20th Anniversary of FMLA Brings New Expansions

This week the U.S. Department of Labor marks the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with a final rule to implement expansions to FMLA protections for military families and airline flight crews.

The first expansion allows more military families to take leave for activities when a service member is deployed as well as provides families of eligible veterans the same job-protected FMLA leave currently available to families of military service members. The second expansion modifies existing regulations so that airline personnel and flight crews can make use of the FMLA’s protections. Because of the unique way hours are counted with airline workers, the early rules left many workers ineligible for FMLA protections.

For information on the FMLA, including information and fact sheets on the revisions, visit FMLA fact sheets.


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