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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Labor’s wage-and-hour division is extending to April 30 the comment period for regulations proposed in February that would expand employers’ Family and Medical Leave Act requirements for caregivers of injured veterans.
The department’s regulations involve the military provisions of the FMLA made by a 2010 law—the National Defense Authorization Act. The proposed rules also amend regulations to the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act, which established FMLA eligibility requirements for airline crew and flight attendants.
The Labor Department said it extended the comment period “because of the interest that has been expressed and the department’s desire to obtain as much information about its proposal as possible.”
As previously reported, the proposed rules would:
• Expand coverage to veterans who have been discharged within the five preceding years. It also expands military caregiver leave to cover serious injuries or illnesses that result from the aggravation of a pre-existing condition in the line of duty for active service members and covered veterans.
• Expand the FMLA’s military family leave by extending qualifying exigency leave to include employees whose family members actively serve in the armed forces, in addition to the National Guard and Reserves.
• Change flight crews’ hours of service eligibility requirements. Flight crew members will meet the service eligibility requirement if they have worked or have been paid for at least 60% of the standard 40-hour workweek.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's wage-and-hour division is proposing regulations that would expand employers' Family and medical Leave requirements for caregivers of injured veterans. Read the proposal.