Posted by Diane
Employees across the state of Missouri may be able to take up to 12 weeks off of work each year if they need to tend to a qualifying family or medical related issue. The Family and Medical Leave Act is in place in order to ensure that employees across the country can take this time away from work without fear of penalty from the employer.
When an employee has a qualifying need to take time away from work, the employee should be able to take the 12 weeks or less without losing his or her job because of the time off. Also, the employer should not discriminate against the employee for having taken the FMLA time off. When the employee returns to work at the end of the period of leave, the employee should have the same job or an equivalent job as well as the same salary and benefits that the employee ad prior to taking the time off.
Employees need to meet certain employment criteria in order to qualify to take the time off. For example, the employee needs to have worked for a covered company for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year in order to be covered. Covered employers have at least 50 employees that work within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take time off.
Employees may be able to take time off for the following reasons:
· To care for their own health-related issues
· To care for the health of 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 medical condition of a spouse
· To care for a child that is under the age of 18
· 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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