|Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
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New FMLA Updates for Military Families, Airline Personnel and Flight Crews
On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act by issuing a final rule incorporating two expansions of the Act. The additions include two key groups: military families and airline/flight personnel.
Families of Eligible Veterans
Families of veterans will now receive the same job-protected FMLA leave available to families of active military service members:
- Entitlement to military caregiver leave for eligible employees whose family members are recent veterans—recent is defined as being active members of the military within the past five years—with a serious injury or illness.
- "Serious injury or illness" is expanded for both active military and veterans to include pre-existing conditions aggravated by or exacerbated in the line of duty.
Airline Personnel, Pilots and Flight Crew
The second expansion to the FMLA modifies the existing rule so that airline personnel and flight crews are better able to make use of the FMLA's protections.
- The revision includes an hours-of-service eligibility requirement specifically designed for airline flight crew employees to better fit the unique scheduling and shifts worked by airline personnel and flight crews.
Speaking on February 5, the acting secretary of Labor, Seth D. Harris, said "enabling our military families to care for their loved ones without fear of losing their job and to actively participate in deployment, reunification and recovery reflects our deeper understanding of the role family members have in sustaining an all-volunteer force. Today's rule makes clear this administration's strong, ongoing commitment to respond to the needs and sacrifices of our military families. The rule also helps ensure that pilots and flight crews will no longer need to choose between career and caring for a loved one."
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