Fmla - What You Need to Know

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THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Family and Medical Leave Act – What You Need To Know The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became public law on February 5, 1993. Its purpose is to grant family and temporary medical leave under certain circumstances that will allow the employee to balance the demands of their job with the needs of their families. Some examples of eligible leave are: for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for an (eligible) family member that has a serious health condition or because the employee themselves have a serious health condition and is unable to work for an extended period of time. Further, the FMLA was enacted in order to minimize employment…show more content…
If not administered properly employers can face fines as well as lawsuits. For instance an employer that willfully does not post required FMLA information for employees to view can be fined $110.00 per instance. If they do not approve eligible leave? They are looking at paying the employee wages that would have been allowed for time period in questions plus attorney and court fees, which can really add up. (Kavanagh, 2015) To be safe Kavanagh also states to err on the side of caution and, more often than not, on the side of the employee. This does not mean the employers roll over and plays dead. If the employer follows and executes the FMLA according to their responsibilities, their exposure to abuse, lawsuits and fines will be greatly reduced. Employees must do their part as well by applying for and using the right to leave appropriately. In closing, the FMLA is a right and a privilege guaranteed to employees by the United States government. But it is not something to be taken lightly. It has very precise rules and responsibilities for both parties involved in order for it to work as it should. Therefore, both parties must know and understand what it is and how it applies to you, how it works, who is eligible, when you are eligible and what your responsibilities (and consequences) are under the Act. THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (2015, 01). The Family and Medical
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