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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Table of Contents
  1. Social Security Benefits
  2. Medicare
  3. Medicaid
  4. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA)
  6. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA)
  7. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  8. Private Health Insurance
  9. Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance
  10. Long Term Care Coverage and Financing

Reasons for Leave
Employees Rights and Responsibilities


The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is a federal law that allows employees who work for a company of 50 or more employees to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks during any 12 month period.

To be eligible for unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act consider that:

  • You must work for an employer who employs 50 or more employees for each working day during each of the 20 or more calendar workweeks. Employees must also work within 75 miles of the worksite.
  • If you are the employee wishing to take leave, you must have worked with the business for twelvemonths and worked at least 1,250 hours during that twelve-month period.

Reasons for Leave

Reasons for leave under the FMLA may include:

  • The birth and care of a newborn child of the employee.
  • The placement of an adopted son or daughter with the employee.
  • Caring for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
  • Caring for oneself because of a serious health condition.

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Employee's Rights and Responsibilities

Employee's rights and responsibilities under the FMLA law:

  • Upon return from taking leave, an employee must be returned to the same position or to a position that is equal to his or her previous position. This includes receiving the same pay, benefits, and status.
  • Employees are entitled to maintain health benefit coverage during leave.
  • The employee must provide notice of his or her intent to take a leave no less than thirty days before the leave is to begin or as soon as it is practical.

Office of Human Resources Management, Unpaid Leave Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Office of Human Resources Management provides detailed information about the Family and Medical Leave Act. The information is primarily for employees or consumers.

Last Updated on 12/27/2017