Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a US Federal Law requiring covered employers to provide employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for qualified medical and family reasons. The bill is designed “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families” by allowing an employee to take reasonable leave. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.

Employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:

• To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work due to a serious health condition;
• To attend to the needs of an immediate family member (spouse, child or parent) with a serious health condition;
• For the birth and care of a newborn child of the employee within one year of birth;
• For placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care within one year of placement or;
• Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

An employee is eligible if they have been on the job for at least 12 months, have worked at least 1250 hours during the past 12 months, work at a company location that employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles and maintain their group health benefits during the leave.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla

Or contact the office of The Mobile Metal Trades Council: 251-434-8254.

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