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New poster reflects FMLA change

November 16, 2010

Dealers and other businesses should post an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 which covers persons related to U.S. military personnel. The poster can be downloaded from the CATA Web site, Several categories appear along a tan-colored bar at the top of the screen. Click on the rightmost category, Resources, and follow the drop-down menu to Workplace Posters, then "F&ML Act Amendment (Jan. 2008)."


All FMLA-covered employers are required to keep displayed the U.S. Labor Department poster, which summarizes the major provisions of the federal act and instructs employees how to file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees.


The FMLA amendments, which took effect in late January, permit an eligible employee:


1. Who is the "spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of a covered service member" to take up to 26 work weeks of leave to care for a "member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness;" or


2. To take FMLA leave because of "any qualifying exigency (as the Secretary shall, by regulation, determine) arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent of the employee is on active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in the Armed Forces in support of a contingency operation."