Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Take two in FMLA expansion for military families

Both the House and Senate have again overwhelmingly signed the National Defense Authorization Act that President Bush vetoed at the end of last year. It now sits on President Bush's desk where he again is expected to sign it. While I've been burned on this once before, I am optimistic that the President will sign the bill this time. A White House spokesman has said that President Bush is expected to sign the revised legislation. The bill will expand the FMLA to provide FMLA leave because of exigencies related to active military duty, permit an eligible employee to take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave to care for an injured servicemember, and adds "next of kin" to the family members entitled to take such FMLA leave.

[Hat tip: The FMLA BLog]