What is FMLA?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year with access to the same group health benefits they have while working.
Eligible employees are entitled to:
- Twelve work weeks of leave in a twelve-month period for:
- The birth of a child and to care for the newborn within the first year of his or her birth
- To care for an adopted or foster child within one year of placement
- To take care of a spouse, parent, or child with a serious health condition
- A serious health condition which inhibits the employee to perform fundamental duties of his or her job
- Any qualifying contingency associated with the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent who is a covered military member on active duty; or
- Twenty-six work weeks of leave in a twelve-month period to take care of a covered service member (spouse, son, daughter, parent, next of kin) with a severe injury or illness
To be eligible to take leave under the FMLA, the employee must:
- Work for a covered employer
- Have worked 1,250 hours within 12 months before the start of the leave
- Work at a location with 50 or more employees in a 75-mile radius
- Have worked for the employer for 12 months
While this is a brief explanation of what FMLA is and how it works, the process is much more complex. As an employer, you must follow all proper FMLA procedures to avoid violating your employees’ rights.
At Professional Employer’s Resources, Inc. (PER), we offer many human resource services to our clients, including assistance with the administration of Family Medical Leave. Please contact us today for your free quote by calling 1-888-599-4991.