Essay On Fmla

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The FMLA stands for Family Medical Leave Act, which “provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year”. When applying for the FMLA, you must have worked for your current employer for at least 12 months. The requirements on those who can apply are those who have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the leave. These hours don’t include: vacations, holidays, sick days, or other situations. Also, the 1,250 hours should be met prior to the 12-month period before their start of leave (FLMA Eligibility). Then there are the 50 employees within a 75-mile radius, this typically is only required for a private company. However, public companies do not hold the 50-employee rule and most federal employees are eligible…show more content…
Also, an employee must know that if both he/she both work for the same company, only one parent can qualify for pregnancy/child-related leave.
Adoption or foster care is another qualifying reason under FMLA. After being qualified, an employee can take up to a 12-week leave, after a year of a child being placed through adoption. The leave for adoption can occur before the actual adoption takes place, which could be for numerous reasons. Those reasons can include, attending counseling sessions, court, traveling to another country to complete the adoption or even traveling to another state. Then, there is caring for a family member with a serious health condition, which is also qualified for FMLA. An employee may request leave to care for a family member, although it is only available for spouses, children, or parents. Those that aren’t included are the employee’s in-laws, or their grandparents. Reasons for taking this kind of leave is for conditions such as; prolong illness, cancer would be an appropriate example. Then there are health conditions that don’t qualify which include, the common cold, flu, earaches, upset stomachs, and headache. Next, we have an employee’s own health conditions. This includes employees that are unable to work because of their health condition or illnesses. Under FMLA regulations, an employee’s health condition must occur at least twice a month per the calendar year and an employer may require their employees to show their
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