Posted by Diane
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal Act that is in place for workers and employers across the country that qualify for coverage. Not all workers will qualify for coverage, though. However, because the Act is a federal Act, employers and employees in Iowa may be eligible for coverage, just as workers in states across the country could be eligible for coverage.
Employees that are covered under the Act should be able to take up to 12 weeks off of work each year in order to tend to qualifying medical conditions that relate to themselves or to a qualifying family member. The employer should not discriminate against a worker that needs to take FMLA time off.
Also, employees should be able to return to work at the end of the period of time off to have the same job, or an equivalent job, as well as the same salary and benefits as they had prior to taking the time off.
Employers are covered by the Act if they have at least 50 employees working within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take the FMLA time off. Employees are covered if they have worked for a qualifying employee for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year.
Employees should be able to take time off for the following reasons:
· To care for their own medical conditions
· To care for the medical conditions of a spouse
· To care for a child, as long as the child is under the age of 18
· To care for a parent, as long as the parent is a biological parent and the employee is over the age of 18
· For the birth of a child
· After a child has been adopted or taken in through a foster care system. CB
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