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FMLA Expands for Military Family Members

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 expands by tens of thousands the number of employees who can ask their private-sector employers for FMLA exigency leave and military caregiver leave. In force since Oct. 28, 2009, these changes are still not widely known among Armed Forces members and their families, says Constangy Brooks & Smith Partner Heather Owen, who practices in the military town of Jacksonville, Fla.

"That's a lot of people who don't realize they are covered because it hasn't gotten a lot of press," notes Owen, who foresees an up-tick in new FMLA leave requests once the latest changes become known.

Cristin Schmitz

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