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DOL: Workers can use FMLA to attend children's special education meetings

August 09, 2019 / Katie Clarey

An employee may use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to attend a Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting regarding the educational status of the employee's child, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) said in an opinion letter released Thursday. The individual who wrote WHD has two children with FMLA-qualifying serious health conditions, WHD said. The individual's wife has certification from her employer enabling her to use intermittent leave to care for the children and, specifically, to take them to medical appointments. Her employer has not approved her to use FMLA leave to attend the CSE meetings, the individual told WHD.