I know the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows leave for military family members to attend 'military-sponsored functions' (in addition so several other reasons). Does anyone know if a homecoming from a deployment count as a 'military-sponsored function' that would qualify under FMLA?
Thanks, Suzanne! I'll let you know if I hear anything. What is your son's position on the Princeton?
It's great that you were able to hear from your son. I'm hoping to hear from my son at some point. I get anxious not being in communication with him.
My son is a Gunner's Mate (working with weapons), so likely not in the same area as your son. His name is Kalani, however I think he told me that his shipmates nicknamed him "Nacho" - don't know why. :)
So I did a little research and I was able to answer my own question. :)
In case anyone else is interested in this information, I've attached an information sheet provided by the US Department of Labor regarding FMLA leave for family members of military personnel.
"Qualifying exigencies" are qualifying reason for this leave - here's a link regarding what a 'qualifying exigency' is:
A homecoming ceremony (among other reasons) is considered a qualifying exigency under this FMLA rule, so if a family member qualifies for FMLA and needs to attend a homecoming ceremony, it's a job-protected leave.
Hope this can help some people. It definitely makes me feel better about taking time off so I can attend my son's homecoming (whenever that may be).