Time Off for Military Families: An Emerging Case Study in a Time of War . . . And the Tipping Point for Future Laws Supporting Work-Life Balance?
19 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2010
Date Written: March 7, 2009
On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008, the first ever expansion of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The amended FMLA contains two new categories of job-protected time off designed to support military families. This piece begins by explaining the substance and genesis of these military family leave provisions. It then explores whether the enactment of this law is “The Tipping Point” in the larger work-life movement. Does the law represent a paradigm shift in the way legislators (and society) thinks about work-life policy, serving to unify a confluence of other events and activities to change the way society views the role of law and policy in supporting these needs? Or is the law just another incremental step in a larger movement whose time is approaching, but has not yet arrived?
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