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Applies to: Employers with 50 or more employees working within a 75-mile radius of the work site during each of

20 or more workweeks of the current or preceding calendar year.

Employee eligibility: The employee must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months and clocked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months leading up to the FMLA leave. On-call time counts, but paid time off such as vacation does not.

Qualifying conditions: The employee may take FMLA leave for his own "serious health condition"; for birth, adoption or to provide foster care; or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent.

Courts continue to fine-tune the definition, but a serious health condition is an "illness, injury, impairment or any physical or mental condition that requires inpatient medical care or continuing treatment by a health care provider."

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