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Use new employee FMLA guide as chance to review your policies

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U.S. Department of Labor logoThe publication of a new U.S. Department of Labor guide to employees’ FMLA rights signals an opportunity for everyone—including employers—to take a fresh look at this critical, sometimes confusing law.

THE LAW:  The FMLA covers private employers with at least 50 em­­ployees if those employees work within 75 miles of one another. In cases where employees work remotely, the office they report to or take orders from is considered their workplace.

Employees of covered employers are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if they have worked for the employer for at least one year. The service need not be continuous, but work prior to a break in service of more than seven years does not count.

Employees may take leave for their own serious health condition or that of an immediate family member, family expansion, and military leave.

Some employees don’t enjoy the same FMLA protections other em­­ployees do, including airline flight att...(register to read more)

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