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FMLA Mississippi

Posted by Diane

Employees in Mississippi may be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act if they wish to take time off of work in order to care for a qualifying family or medical related issue. However, even though the Act is a federal Act that could apply to employees in all states, not all employees are covered by the Act, just as not all conditions are covered by the Act.

If an employee has worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year, the employee may be eligible to receive funding under the Act. However, the employee needs to be taking time off for a qualifying reason. 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.

When 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 as well as the same salary and benefits that he or she left behind. If the employee’s former job is taken, the employee should be able to have an equivalent job.

Also, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees for taking the FMLA time off.

Qualifying employees may be able to take up to 12 weeks off each year in order to tend to the following family and medical related issues:

·         To care for their own health-related issues

·         To care for the health of a spouse

·         To care for the health of 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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