Effective March 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) has published a Final Rule implementing the changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) made by the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (AFCTCA). The AFCTCA amended the FMLA to incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crewmembers and flight attendants. The DOL clarifies how the FMLA applies to airline personnel and flight crews since those employees work in an industry with a unique system of setting work hours. The new rule explains how to calculate the required number of labor hours airline employees must fulfill within a 12-month period in order to be eligible for leave covered by the FMLA.

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