THE LAW: Therequires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to recover from their own serious health condition or for the birth or adoption of a child. Additionally, eligible employees may take leave to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
In 2008, Congress created a new category of leave—military caregiver leave. Employees serving in the military or who are next of kin to service members may take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave under specific conditions.
WHAT’S NEW: Congressional actions often grab the headlines, but recent executive branch moves have subtly expanded those who qualify for leave.
First, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would construe the definition of “son or daughter” very broadly. Specifically, employees (married or not, in a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship) who act in loco parentis are eligible to t...(register to read more)
- Team up for termination meetings; going solo could trigger lawsuit
- Count only hours actually worked for eligibility
- You're free to adjust benefit plan without fear of FMLA suit
- Playing doctor: What's a 'serious' condition under FMLA?
- OK to cut position of worker on FMLA leave--if you can prove FMLA status didn't affect decision