Labor Department says IEP meetings can qualify for time off under FMLA

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In a surprising ruling, Trump’s Department of Labor has ruled that, in some circumstances, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides time off for parents to attend their child’s IEP meeting as long as their presence is needed to provide care for the child.

FMLA guarantees certain workers unpaid time off to care for family members with qualified medical issues. Employees who take advantage of the time off cannot be fired. Since IEP meetings can cover “medically prescribed” services such as speech, physical or occupational therapy, they can be covered by FMLA, the department wrote.  READ MORE