FMLA Military Leave Entitlements – President Bush Vetoes Measure

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January 4, 2008

Yesterday, we forwarded an e-mail alert regarding expansion of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include leaves for family members who have military service members in active service. The measure would have required employers to give 26 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who are caring for wounded family members and 12 weeks of leave to a spouse, child, or parent of any reservist or member of the National Guard who is called to active duty.
 
Please disregard our prior e-mail alert. We received information today that President Bush has vetoed the military leave expansion of the FMLA law. His veto is known as a “pocket veto.” A news report has pointed out that it is highly likely that Congress will include the measure again in other legislation.
 
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If you have questions regarding the above, please contact any of the attorneys in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group of Ruder Ware.

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