The Department of Labor has announced that, effective immediately, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as recently amended, will allow employees to take leave to care for a member of the armed forces. The new law provides that a "spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin" may take up to 26 workweeks of leave to care for a "member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness." The full text of the Department of Labor's announcement, including a link to the new law, is available at the Department of Labor's website at