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FMLA Washington

Posted by Diane

The Family and Medical Leave Act applies to many employees that work in the state of Washington. However, the Act does not only apply to employees in Washington, as it is a federal Act. It can apply to employees in all states across the country,

When an employee needs to take time off of work in order to tend to a qualifying medical or family related issue, the employee may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks off of work per year for a qualifying condition under the Act. In order to be able to take this time off of work, the employee should have worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year. A covered employer is one that has at least 50 employees that work within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take the FMLA time off.

If an employee takes the FMLA time off, 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. Also, the employee should not be discriminated against by the employer for taking the time off of work for FMLA covered reasons.

Employees may be able to take up to 12 weeks off for any of the following reasons:

·         To care for their own health-related issues

·         To care for a spouse

·         To care for a child that 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 new born child, a newly adopted child, or a child recently taken in through foster care. CB

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