Thewas created to allow employees time off to deal with their own serious health conditions or those of family members who need medical care. But the law carefully balances the rights of employees to keep their jobs while facing temporary hardships with the rights of employers to run their businesses.
That’s one reason the statute and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL)give employers several options for calculating how much leave employees are entitled to at any given time. Most employers choose one of these two:
- The calendar method is the simplest. Under the calendar method, eligible employees who have met the FMLA’s required 12 months of service and 1,250 hours of work are entitled to 12 unpaid weeks during any calendar year. That means someone could take 12 weeks off ending on Dec. 31 and then immediately be eligible for another 12 weeks on Jan. 1.
- The rolling method is more complex. It allows ...(register to read more)