Update on FMLA Final Regulations
Posted on April 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the Final Rule of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which primarily addresses family military leave. Some of the key components are:
* A brand-new parental leave category
* An increased maximum time allowed for “rest and recuperation” from 5 days to 15 days
* An expansion of qualifying exigency leave to include employees with family serving in the armed forces
* A foreign country deployment provision
The Final Rule also further defines the reasons that a member of the military could be eligible for using FMLA. Provisions of the Act that were not already in effect became effective as of March 8, 2013.