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Archives for February 11, 2013

U.S. Department of Labor Expands Family and Medical Leave Act

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule expanding two provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The final rule was issued on the 20th anniversary of the original signing of FMLA in order to commemorate the Act. The FMLA’s first expansion implements congressional amendments regarding leave for families of service members, and the second expansion modifies existing rules to allow more coverage to airline personnel.

The modifications to FMLA for families of service members now allow families to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who is a current service member and has a serious injury or illness. It also created qualified exigency leave, which allows service members or their families to take up to 12 weeks of leave when exigent circumstances arise, such as the departure of a spouse for active duty or the welcome home from active duty.

The second expansion of FMLA regards flight crews and airline personnel. Because of the unique way their hours are calculated, airline personnel and flight crews are frequently unable to take advantage of FMLA leave. The new legislation allows the Department of Labor to tailor regulations to these uniquely situated employees.

The amendments to FMLA are expected to be extremely beneficial to employees, service members, and their families. For more information on FMLA, click here. For the DOL press release on the changes, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 2/11/13

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Colorado Supreme Court issued three published opinions.

In re People in the Interest of W.P.

Northstar Project Management v. DLR Group, Inc.

Vagneur v. City of Aspen

The summaries for these cases are forthcoming, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.