Metro Brief

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2009 7:50 AM

Supervisors updated on military family leave

Vanessa Wierman, a Johnson County human-resources coordinator, informed the Board of Supervisors of a set of regulations for one of two military family leave entitlements Tuesday.

Two provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act were enacted Jan. 28, 2008, when then-President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act.

The exigency-leave provision was updated to allow for additional reasons family members may take up to 12 weeks off to care for military personnel.

The reasons include short notice deployment, military events, childcare and school activities, financial and legal arrangements, counseling, rest and recuperation, post-deployment activities, and any additional activities agreed to by an employee and their employer.

The other part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the military-caregiver provision, allows employees to take up to 38 weeks off from work to care for a family-member injured on-duty. That is 26 weeks longer than the original Family Medical Leave Act regulation.

— by Shane Ersland

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