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What managers need to know about the FMLA

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When employees request time off because of a health condition or to care for a family member's health problem, you need to know whether that leave could qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The 1993 law allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for their own "serious" health condition or to care for an immediate family member who has a "serious" condition.

Employees don't specifically need to cite the law or say they need "FMLA leave." It's your responsibility as the employer to identify leave requests that could qualify as job-protected FMLA leave. If you suspect a leave request could qualify, you should notify HR right away.

Here are more specifics on the law:

Which employees are eligible?

To be eligible for unpaid leave, employees must have worked here for at least 12 months and logged at least 1,250 hours of service (slight...(register to read more)

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