On July 2, 2010, Ohio’s Military Family Leave Act (“OMFLA”) went into effect. Pursuant to this Act, employers are now required to allow employees to take up to 10 days or 80 hours of leave, whichever is less, if a family member is a member of the uniformed services and called to active duty or is injured, wounded, or hospitalized while serving on active duty. Although OMFLA is similar in concept to the recent regulations supplementing the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), there are some important differences between the two laws. Thus, it is essential for employers to assess the eligibility of individual employees in every circumstance when leave is requested.
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