Description of the employment leave coverage provided by the Family Medical Leave Act
Introduction to FMLA
The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) requires that covered employers provide eligible employees up to twelve weeks of leave for qualifying situations.
What Employers does FMLA apply to?
The FMLA applies to all public agencies. The FMLA also applies to private employers who employ at least 50 employees for each working day during each of at least 20 calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.
What Employees are Covered?
In order for an employee to be covered under the FMLA they must have worked for a covered employer for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours during the immediately preceding 12 months. Further, there must be at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the employee’s worksite
What qualifies for leave?
An eligible employee who works for a covered employer may take up to 12 months of unpaid leave during any 12 month period for the following reasons: -Birth of a child or to care for that child -To Care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent if the person has a serious health condition -To care for the employee’s own serious health condition -To place a child with the employee for adoption or foster care