Air Force

February 15, 2013

Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

1st Lt. Andre J. Bowser
439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment.

While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements under the FMLA since 2008, when it was amended to include them and again in 2010, when it was broadened, the latest changes refine and further extend leave entitlements to eligible dependents of servicemembers.

“Military families can find themselves facing great challenges. Caring for an injured service member, arranging for alternative childcare when a spouse is deployed to a foreign country, or attending arrival ceremonies when a loved one returns from a deployment, may present family members with difficult decisions about time spent at work versus time spent with family,” according to a statement published by the U.S. Department of Labor. This government agency is responsible for administering and enforcing the entitlement. “The FMLA helps to ease the burden that can come with needing time away from work when faced with such commitments.”

The amendment to the act, which was first signed into law by President Clinton in 1993, grants protections for eligible workers under the FMLA’s Military Family Leave Provisions. This includes up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for dependents of a servicemember deployed to a foreign country. The leave may be used for such purposes as making alternative child care arrangements, attending military ceremonies and briefings for family and making financial or legal arrangements to address the military member’s absence, according to the Labor Department.

The FMLA also entitles eligible dependents to take up to 26 workweeks of military caregiver leave in a single 12-month period to care for a qualified, injured servicemember or veteran.

An eligible servicemember is either a current member of the Armed Forces, including regular, Reserve and the National Guard, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy and is in outpatient status. In addition, is on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness or a veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, within the five-year period before the family member first takes military caregiver leave to care for the veteran.

“In announcing this final rule, the Department of Labor is taking great steps toward protecting those families who have given so much of themselves to protect us,” according to the Labor Department. “Provided that FMLA coverage and eligibility requirements are met, family members of current servicemembers and veterans will now have far greater abilities to attend to personal matters and medical needs related to their family members’ service.”

The FMLA makes it unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restrain, or deny, the exercise of any right provided by the act. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the FMLA for most employees. To contact one of their offices, visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/america2.htm.

A FMLA mini-card that describes the basic benefits for military dependents is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/2013rule/FMLA_Military_mini_English_readers.pdf.

For additional information about how the FMLA impacts servicemembers and their families, visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/2013rule/militaryFactsheets.htm and http://www.dol.gov/WHD/fmla/2013rule/FMLA_Military_Guide_ENGLISH.pdf.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(Official U.S. Air Force photo)

Knowing the facts: National American Indian Heritage Month

(Official U.S. Air Force photo) Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker was the highest ranking officer of Native-American ancestry and the first general lost in action during World War II. November is National American Indian Heritage Mo...
 
 

VA implements second phase of Choice Card Program

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on Nov. 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. “VA continues to focus on implementation...
 
 

Red Cross shares top safety tips for Thanksgiving

Millions of people will travel to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and the American Red Cross has steps they can follow to help make sure they have a safe trip. The holiday is also a time when cooks spend a lot of time in the kitchen and there are tips they can use...
 

 

Officials Highlight Health, Wellness Resources for Military Families

WASHINGTON – As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj....
 
 
HBI

Tips for getting enough healthy protein in your diet

At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices. In fact, close to 16 million Americans are...
 
 

AF closes FY14 force management programs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen who met the service’s reduction in force board were notified of the board’s results Nov. 19, bringing the fiscal year 2014 force management programs to an end. The RIF board selected 354 captains and majors across the Air Force for non-retention, half of the number the service previously projected it would...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin