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Federal Workers to Get Time Off When Family Member is Deployed

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Starting next month, federal workers will be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to address impacts from the deployment of a spouse, child or parent.

The Office of Personnel Management announced the change in policy in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register. The policy, an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act, will go into effect Oct. 30.

FMLA will allow family members of service members being deployed or already serving to arrange child care, receive counseling and spend time with the service member while they are on short-term leave, among other things.

FMLA protects workers from losing their jobs or health benefits while on unpaid leave. It is commonly used by parents caring for newborn children or a family member with a serious health condition.

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