Q & A – How are military FMLA leaves different from traditional FMLA leave?

Q: How are military FMLA leaves different from traditional FMLA leave?

A: One difference is that military FMLA leaves are not just for medical concerns from a covered service member, leave can also be taken for qualifying exigencies related to a family member’s call to active duty.  Another difference is that leave to care for an injured service member can be taken not only by that person’s spouse, parent, or child, but also by their next of kin.  And, leave for an injured service members can last up to 26 weeks—not just the normal 12 weeks.