Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) testified before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity regarding a bill he introduced last July, the Military Family Leave Act of 2009. The bill provides military families with the ability to spend time with their deployed or deploying loved ones or take time off of work to address personal or family issues that may arise in connection with a deployment.  Specifically, the legislation would provide two weeks of unpaid leave to the spouse, children, or parents of a member of the military who receives notification of deployment or is currently deployed.

To see Congressman Smith testify before the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity click
here.

More about the Military Family Leave Act

While the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act added a provision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allowing military families to take time off for a number of reasons connected with a deployment, not all employees are eligible under current law. The Military Family Leave Act of 2009 seeks to ensure that all military families have the ability to take at least two-weeks of unpaid leave in response to an upcoming or current deployment of a loved one.