Family Medical Leave Act Amended for Military Personnel and Family

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President Bush has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which has amended the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) effective January 28, 2008. The Act includes a provision that allows eligible family members of military personnel to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a wounded member of the armed forces. Additionally, it allows an eligible employee 12 weeks of unpaid leave "for any qualifying exigency" if the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the eligible employee is on active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in the Armed Forces.