Friday, February 3, 2012
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Statutory Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Wage and Hour Division intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement and interpret the statutory amendments to expand the military family leave provisions and to incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees and make some additional regulatory changes. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was recently amended to expand the military family leave provisions and to incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees.
Upon publication, interested parties will be invited to submit written comments on the proposed rule at www.regulations.gov. Only comments received during the comment period identified in the Federal Register published version of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be considered part of the rulemaking record.
More information is available at the Proposed Rule Website.
One of my colleagues here at SLU has his environmental law students draft and submit comments on proposed rules as a way to introduce them to administrative lawmaking and the regulations process. It also forces them to dig deeper into the statutes and the policies and practical implications of enforcement. Marcy has done this too in her classes and has loved the results. She has offered to be a resource to anyone interested it trying it. I am thinking of having my employment discrimination students do the same thing after this encouragement.