Posted by Diane
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal Act that is in place for workers across the country. The Act helps to ensure that when an employee needs to take time off of work for a covered medical condition, the employee can take up to 12 weeks off, as long as he or she qualifies for the time off. Employees in all states may be covered by the Act because it is a federal Act, including employees in the state of Michigan.
When an employee exercises his or her right to take FMLA time off, the employer should not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the time off. Also, the employee 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 that the employee had prior to taking the FMLA time off.
Employees may be eligible to take the FMLA time off if they have worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year. Also, the employer should have at least 50 employees that work within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take the FMLA time off in order for the employee to be able to take time off.
Covered employees should be able to take FMLA time off for the following reasons:
· To care for their own health
· To care for the health 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 employee is at least 18 and as long as the parent is a biological parent and not an in-law
· To care for a newborn child, a newly adopted child, or a child that has recently been taken in through foster care. CB
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