When President Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 this afternoon, he will make some key changes to how the FMLA covers military leave. Carl Bosland at the FMLA Blog summarizes the details, which expand the coverage and availability of military family leave. The Act’s changes include:
Expanding military caregiver leave to veterans, by extending the 26 weeks of FMLA leave to family members of veterans to cover illnesses or injuries for up to 5 years after a veteran leaves active duty.
Expanding qualifying exigency leave to cover eligible family members of active-duty service members, and not just family members of those called up to the National Guard or Reserves.