The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule implementing two important expansions of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections.

  1. The first expansion will provide families of eligible veterans with the same job-protected FMLA leave currently available to families of active military service members and it also enables more military families to take leave for activities that arise when a service member is deployed.
  2. The second expansion modifies existing rules so that airline personnel and flight crews are better able to make use of the FMLA’s protections.

The deadline to post the new regulations is March 8. To avoid risk of fines, employers must update their FMLA policies, forms and labor law postings now.