Dealing with Burial Costs: Understanding A Municipality's Obligation

Questions sometimes arise regarding a municipality's welfare obligations with respect to burials. Certainly, a municipality has a legal duty to provide assistance to the indigent. The application of this basic legal duty, however, can potentially cause uncertainty when dealing with the cost of burials. The following is a brief overview of a municipality's welfare burial obligations.

Q. By way of background, what is the legal basis for a municipality's general duty to provide welfare?

FMLA Expanded to Provide Leave for Exigencies and Family Care for Injured Military

On January 28, 2008, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA") was expanded when President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. As further explained, that Act included military-related amendments to allow FMLA leave for a qualifying exigency and to care for injured family members. These changes are effective immediately.