The Department of Labor released a booklet recently to help employees with frequently asked questions regarding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
As a reminder, FMLA allows job protection for employees to take eligible unpaid medical leave to care for themselves or family members for up to 12 weeks. Not every employee or company is eligible for FMLA. To be eligible, certain conditions must be met, including each of the parameters below:
- The company must employ at least 50 people within a 75 mile radius.
- The employee must have worked for the company at least 12 months.
- Within those 12 months, at least 1250 hours must have been worked.
- The employee must care for his or her spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition, or is unable to work because of his or her own serious health condition.
Employees are responsible to complete the proper paperwork and communicate with the company in determining eligibility and coordinating leave.
Since many small companies are not eligible for FMLA, Nextep's HR Department assists our Non-FMLA clients in crafting a customized medical leave policy.
To download the Employee's Guide to FMLA or order printed copies, please visit the Department of Labor's website. For assistance in handling case-by-case requests for medical leave, please cont act Nextep's HR Department.