• CONGRESS EXPANDS FMLA FOR FAMILIES OF SERVICE MEMBERS
  • April 4, 2008 | Authors: Richard P. McHugh; Paul R. Lang; Mary K. Qualiana; Michael A. Hepburn
  • Law Firm: Dow Lohnes PLLC - Washington Office
  • Congress recently enacted the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2008 (the "Act"), which was signed by President Bush on January 28, 2008. One feature of the Act is a provision that amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA") to extend leave of absence rights to family members of military service members. The Act requires that employers, under certain circumstances, offer up to 12 workweeks of leave to family members of individuals who either are on active duty or are being called to active duty. The Act also requires employers to offer up to 26 workweeks of leave in any 12-month period to any family members of qualifying wounded service members.