New FMLA Provisions for Families of Military Servicemembers

February 2008

This alert summarizes two important provisions that were recently added to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regarding the type and scope of leave available to families of military servicemembers. These provisions are contained in H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 (NDAA), which President Bush signed into law on January 28, 2008. The new provisions received broad bi-partisan support in Congress and represent the first expansion of the FMLA since its passage in 1993.