In somewhat of a surprise move, on December 14, 2007, Congress amended the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to add two additional reasons for applying for FMLA leave. One provision adds that FMLA can be taken for a “qualifying exigency” arising from active duty in the armed services.
Additionally, time off can be taken under the FMLA to care for a wounded service member for up to 26 weeks paid leave (which must be taken within a single 12-month period). It is anticipated that President Bush will sign the Bill into law within the next few weeks. Once the Bill is signed, employers will need to notify their employees of this change in their FMLA rights.