A Balancing Act: Family and Medical Leave Act Benefits
Who is Eligible for FMLA Benefits?
Eligible employees who work for covered employers are eligible for FMLA benefits.
A covered employer is one who employs 50 or more employees for each working day during at least 20 calendar weeks in the current or previous calendar year. Public agencies and public schools are covered employees without regard to the number of people that they employ.
What are FMLA benefits?
Eligible employees who work for covered employers are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12 month period for:
- The birth and care of an employee’s new baby;
- The placement of an adopted or foster child in the home of the employee;
- Care of a spouse, parent or child with a serious medical condition; or
- Care of himself or herself if a serious medical condition prevents the employee from working.
Applicability to Military Families
In 2008, FMLA was amended to permit a parent, child, spouse or next of kin to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a, “member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness."
The specifics of FMLA are often debated and compared to benefits provided to employees in other countries. However, for many families FMLA provides important benefits and the flexibility to be a dedicated employee and a responsible family member.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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