Frequently Asked Questions
How does the FMLA protect employees dealing with medical issues affecting them or their family members?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides protection to employees dealing with medical issues affecting them or their family members. It allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the fear of losing their job. During this period, employers are mandated to continue providing the same health benefits as if the employee were still at work. However, not all employees are eligible for FMLA. To qualify, an employee must have worked for at least one year and completed a minimum of 1,250 hours during that year. Additionally, the employee must live within a 75-mile radius of their workplace. The FMLA applies to all public agencies, including schools and government entities at all levels, as well as private businesses with 50 or more employees. The FMLA covers specific situations such as when an employee or a family member is suffering from a serious health condition, or when an employee is caring for a new child in the home, either through birth, adoption, or foster care. However, it's important to note that FMLA only covers specific family members, including spouses, children, and parents. In-laws, grandparents, siblings, and domestic partners are not covered.
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