Posted by Diane
Many employees in Nevada are able to take time away from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act if they need to tend to a qualifying medical condition that relates to them or to a family member. The FMLA is a federal Act that pertains not only to employees in Nevada, but also to employees in states across the country.
When an employee has worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours out of the previous year, the employee may be able to take time away from work under the Act. The employee should keep in mind that he or she can only take time away from work for qualifying medical conditions that relate to themselves or to their qualifying family members.
A covered employer must have at least 50 employees that work within a 75-mile radius of the employee that wishes to take the FMLA time off. Employees that are eligible to take time off should take up to 12 weeks off of work per year for a qualifying condition, but they can only take up to 12 weeks off, even if they have multiple qualifying conditions.
After an employee completes the time off, the employee should be able to return to work 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 time off of work. Employers should not discriminate against employees for taking the time off either.
Employees may be able to take time away from work for the following covered 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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