Employers with 50 or more employees within 75 miles must provide. If they have multiple locations, they must often provide leave to some employees but not others.
If that’s your situation, beware making blanket handbook statements aboutleave eligibility.
Recent case: Matthew worked for Shane Co. in Minnesota and twice took FMLA leave that the handbook said was available to employees. Then he asked for.
Shortly afterward, Matthew was fired and he sued, alleging interference with his.
Shane asked to have the case dismissed, arguing it only had 46 Minnesota employees, making Matthew ineligible for FMLA leave. The court agreed, noting that Matthew never argued that his earlier leave and the handbook created an expectation of leave. Because he missed that claim, he lost. (Nordby v. Shane Company, No. 11-3584, DC MN, 2013)
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- Clarify how you count FMLA year, and put entire policy in handbook
- Recouping company-paid health plan premiums after FMLA leave
- Keep good records of employee leaves; workers have three years to file FMLA suits
- Break into vacation-Leave bank if sick leave is empty