Posted by Diane
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in states across the country. The Act is in place in order to ensure that when a covered employee needs to take time off of work in order to tend to medical or family related issues, the employee can take up to 12 weeks off without fear that he or she will lose his or her job.
Employees in New Hampshire may qualify for coverage under the FMLA as long as they have worked for a covered company for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year. Also, covered employers are employers that have at least 50 employees working for them within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take the FMLA time off.
Employees should be able to return to work after the period of time off to have the same job or an equivalent job as well as the same salary and benefits that they had prior to taking the FMLA time off. Also, employers may not discriminate against employees that have taken FMLA time off for reasons that are based on the time off.
Employees may be able to take FMLA time off for the following reasons:
· To care for their own medical conditions
· To care for 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 over the age of 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 taken in through foster care.
Both male and female employees should be able to take the same amount of time off, even for reasons such as childbirth. CB
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