Make sure employee handbook supports compliance with leave laws

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Employers are generally free to develop their own internal policies, but many laws require employers to notify employees of those policies. The most challenging law in this regard is the FMLA.

The FMLA entitles eligible workers to a maximum 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with their own serious health condition or that of an immediate family member, or the birth or adoption of a child. In recent years, Congress has tacked on caregiver leave for relatives of members of the armed services to ease the strain on military families. FMLA leave and military caregiver leave interact with several other laws, including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Some states allow employees to take leave for reasons that may not qualify under the FMLA. Employers have to weave these disparate laws into a uniform leave policy that meets the various laws’ requirements.

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