Frequently Asked Questions
How does the FMLA affect the health benefits of employees who are out of work?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) significantly impacts the health benefits of employees who are out of work due to certain medical or family situations. The FMLA is a federal law that allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the fear of losing their job. Importantly, while the leave is unpaid, the FMLA mandates that employers continue to provide the same health benefits to employees, whether they are actively working or on leave. This means that even when an employee is out of work, their health benefits remain intact. This provision is crucial as it ensures that employees and their families do not lose their health coverage during periods of medical or family emergencies, which is often when they need it the most. However, it's important to note that not all employees are eligible for FMLA benefits. To qualify, an employee must have worked for at least one full year and a minimum of 1,250 hours during that year. Additionally, the employee must live within a 75-mile radius of their place of employment.
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