Labor Department Eyes Litigation Push for Paid Military Leave

March 16, 2022

The litigation push by military reservists seeking expanded paid leave benefits from their employers caught the attention of the Labor Department, which said it’s considering filing a brief in a Ninth Circuit appeal against  Alaska Airlines Inc.  and Horizon Air.

The department on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to extend the deadline for filing an amicus brief in pilot Casey Clarkson’s lawsuit seeking paid military leave from the airlines. The case’s novel legal issues are of interest ” to the department, which requested an extra 30 days to decide whether to file a brief supporting either Clarkson or neither party.