Legal Alert: President Signs Bill Expanding FMLA Protection for Military Family Members

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On Monday (January 28) the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which includes, among other things, the first expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) since that law was enacted in 1993. Identical provisions were included in a prior version of the law presented to the President in December 2007; however, he pocket vetoed that legislation because of concerns about provisions that would expand the ability of Americans to seek financial compensation from countries that supported or sponsored terrorist acts, including Libya, Iran and Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

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