Saturday, November 15, 2008

Iraq Veterans get some help

Rule Allows More Time Off For Families of Injured Troops

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 15, 2008; Page A07

The Labor Department released a new regulation yesterday allowing workers to take up to 26 weeks off each year to care for family members seriously injured in the military.

The new rule grew out of a recommendation by the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors that was incorporated into legislation signed into law in January. The change will also allow relatives of active-duty National Guard members and military reservists to take off for up to 12 weeks to look after their affairs.

"We made sure we were as generous as we could be on this leave," said Victoria Lipnic, an assistant secretary of labor...

The liberalized military leave entitlements are part of a series of modifications to the 15-year-old Family and Medical Leave Act that have been finalized by the Labor Department. The changes come after a nearly two-year review in which the department received more than 20,000 comments from worker advocates and employers. The rules will go into effect 60 days after their official publication on Monday..

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