Employer Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

Posted by BAS - 10 August, 2017


Employers with 50 or more employees must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This law provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. Group health insurance coverage must continue during the leave.

Specifically, the FMLA requires 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for

  • The birth of a child and to care for the child within one year of birth;
  • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the child within one year of placement;
  • Care for the employee’s spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition of the employee that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his/her job;
  • A qualifying exigency arising out of the employee’s family member on covered active military duty; or
  • 26 workweeks of leave during a 12-month period to care for a covered family member who is a servicemember with a serious injury or illness.

The Department of Labor has a comprehensive guide to help employers navigate FMLA requirements. This guide, “The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” offers helpful guidance for compliance. A copy of the guide can be accessed by clicking here.

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