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Legislation about Military Families

This category contains bills and statutes that include provisions that address leave for military families. These bills and statutes typically expand upon the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, the spouse, child, parent or next of kin of a seriously injured military member is entitled to 26 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave, and family members of a deployed service member may use up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave to respond to “qualifying exigencies” arising out of deployment.



This database provides short summaries of bills and statutes. The summaries are not intended to constitute legal advice. To find out how laws relate to your particular situation, you must contact a lawyer who specializes in employees’ rights, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (1-866-4USWAGE), your state labor department and/or your union.