Family & Medical Leave Act: An Overview

by Kate Knable  on Monday, Sep. 3, 2012 12:00 am  

The Family & Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

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Eligible employees are entitled to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:

• The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
• The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
• The care of the employee’s spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition;
• A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
• Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent is a covered military member on covered active duty.

Employees are eligible if they work for a covered employer, have worked for the employer for a total of 12 months, have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months and work at a location in the U.S. where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.

Covered employers are all public agencies, including state, local and federal employers; local schools; and private-sector employers that employed 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)



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