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Marcus’s father, Ernesto (front row, far right), served in Iraq with Mortuary Collection Affairs. from active military service. But even more change was needed. The Department of Labor (DOL) published its final version of these changes (effective January 16, 2009) by clarifying the meaning of “qualifying exigency” by providing a list of specific examples as well as a provision to agree on “additional activities.” Now, as a grandparent-caregiver, you may take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave while your son or daughter is on active duty or is called to active duty for one or more of the following qualifying exigencies: Short-notice deployment: to address any issues that arise from the fact that your child is notified of an order to active duty seven or fewer calendar days prior to the date of the deployment. Military events and related activities: to attend any official ceremony, program or event sponsored by the military that is related to the active duty of your son or daughter. Childcare and school activities: to arrange for childcare, to provide childcare to your grandchild on an immediate-need basis. Financial and legal arrangements: to make or update financial or legal arrangements to address your son’s or daughter’s absence while on active duty or call to active duty status, and to act as their representative for purposes of obtaining, arranging or appealing military service benefits while they are on active duty and for a period of 90 days following the termination of their active duty status. Counseling: to attend counseling 24 GRAND MARCH for your grandchild, provided that the need arises from the active duty call or call to active duty status of your son or daughter. Rest and recuperation: (up to five days) to spend time with your son or daughter who is on short-term, temporary, rest and recuperation leave during the period of deployment. Post-deployment activities: to attend arrival ceremonies, reintegration briefings and events and any other official ceremony or program sponsored by the military for a period of 90 days following the termination of your son’s or daughter’s active duty status and to address issues that arise from the death of a covered military. Additional activities: to address other events that arise out of your son’s or daughter’s active duty or call to active duty. Keep in mind that these changes only apply to soldiers who proactively name or switch their preferred beneficiaries; previous stipulations still apply to those who don’t update their beneficiary designations. —Judy Pugh G What should you do to protect yourself? • Ask your son or daughter to consider what any payments are used for and whom it is going to affect before deciding who the beneficiary will be prior to their deployment • Give notice to your employer of the need for FMLA leave • Be prepared to provide a copy of your son’s or daughter’s active duty orders or other documentation issued by the military that indicates that they are on active duty or call to active duty status, and the dates of their service you must be prepared in order to protect yourself and your grandchild(ren). Need more iNformatioN or assistaNce? Visit these Web sites for information regarding the new legislation and resources for helping you with the transition: www.dol.gov/esa/ (Employment Standards Administration) www.aarp.org/families/grandparents/gic/ (Grandparent Information Center) www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com www.Military.com www.usa.gov/Topics/Grandparents.shtml www.FamilyManagement.com www.gu.org (Generations United) 2009
http://www.dol.gov/esa/ http://www.aarp.org/families/grandparents/gic/ http://www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com http://www.Military.com http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Grandparents.shtml http://www.FamilyManagement.com http://www.gu.org

GRAND Magazine - March 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March 2009

GRAND Magazine - March 2009
GRAND View
Contents
GRAND Central
Isn't it GRAND?
The Hippest Grand of All?
Saying Goodbye
Necessities, Not
The Perils of the Purse
Take Care
Sexy at Sixty
50 ‘Hidden Treasure’ State Parks
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - intro
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND View
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 9
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 10
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 12
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 13
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 14
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 15
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 16
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Isn't it GRAND?
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - The Hippest Grand of All?
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 19
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 20
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 21
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Saying Goodbye
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 23
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 24
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Necessities, Not
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - The Perils of the Purse
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 29
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Take Care
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 33
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Sexy at Sixty
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 50 ‘Hidden Treasure’ State Parks
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 37
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 38
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 39
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 40
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 42
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 43
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND Finale
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