Employment : Family and Medical Leave

What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an important federal law that requires employers to allow most of their employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for reasons of the birth or adoption of their child or the serious health condition of the employee or an immediate family member of the employee.

Does FMLA require paid leave?


Unlike the laws of most other industrialized countries, the FMLA does not require paid leave; the leave may be either paid or unpaid leave.

Who is covered by FMLA?

New employees or employees who have not worked for the employer for at least one year are not covered by the FMLA.

Which employers must comply with FMLA?

An employer that has at least 50 employees at the employee’s workplace or at other workplaces within a 75-mile radius is covered by the FMLA.

Are part-time employees covered?

Part-time employees are not covered by the FMLA.

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