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Qualifying Exigencies - Military Events and Related Activities

§ 825.126

Can FMLA leave be taken to attend military events and related activities?

  • An eligible employee whose spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member may take FMLA leave to attend any official ceremony, program, or event sponsored by the military that is related to the covered active duty of the military member.
  • An eligible employee may also take FMLA leave to attend family support or assistance programs and informational briefings sponsored or promoted by the military, military service organizations, or the American Red Cross that are related to the covered active duty of the military member.

Note:

Qualifying exigency leave for military events and related activities became available to an employee whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is a military member in the National Guard or Reserves on January 16, 2009.

Qualifying exigency leave for military events and related activities became available to an employee whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is a military member in the Regular Armed Forces on October 28, 2009.

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