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It's been 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act, more commonly known as the FMLA, was signed into law. What do employers need to remember about their FMLA responsibilities?
The groundbreaking law, signed by President Bill Clinton, serves to protect employees. Through its provisions, the Act places many responsibilities and duties on employers.
In brief, the FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical care, for the employee or for a family member. Some allowable reasons for leave under the FMLA include childbirth, adoption, or a serious medical illness.
While that's important to know, there are a few other FMLA stipulations that employers need to remember. Here are our Top 5 reminders:
For more information on eligible employees under the FMLA and what the FMLA covers, check out FindLaw's Family & Medical Leave section, and download our free Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act, which you can share with your managers and employees.
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