By Eric B. Meyer
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is issuing proposed rules that would expand military family leave provisions under the Family and Medical Leave Act and incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees.
The DOL press release describes the two proposed changes as follows:
The proposed language would extend the entitlement of military caregiver leave to family members of veterans for up to five years after leaving the military. At this time, the law only covers family members of “currently serving” service members. Additionally, the proposal expands the military family leave provisions of the FMLA by extending qualifying exigency leave to employees whose family members serve in the regular armed forces. Currently, the law only covers families of National Guard members and reservists.
For airline flight crew employees, the proposed revision makes the benefits of the FMLA more accessible. It would add a special hours of service eligibility requirement for them and specific provisions for calculating the amount of FMLA leave used that better take into account the unique — and often difficult to track — hours worked by crew members.”
For more on the FMLA changes, check out:
- Daniel Schwartz’s post at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog;
- Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’s remarks;
- Video of Secretary Solis, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Ryanne Noss discussing the proposed rulemaking (below).
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This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.