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FMLA: Overview

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Since 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act has provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child; caring for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or convalescence after an employee’s own serious health condition.

For the past 16 years, complying with the FMLA has been complex, but at least the law stayed the same. On Jan. 16, 2009, that all changed. That’s the day the first major overhaul of the FMLA took effect. The DOL’s revised FMLA regulations contain several key changes in administering leave that employers and HR professionals need to be aware of and incorporate into their company policies.

In addition, employees who have family members serving in the military are now entitled to FMLA-qualifying leave. (See "Military Family Leave.")

Compliance regulations

The FMLA affects about 50 million workers in the private se...(register to read more)

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