How long do I need to be employed in order to qualify for leave under the revised Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)?

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You must be employed by a covered employer, you must work at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to your leave, you must work at or within 75 miles of a location where at least 50 employees work, and you must be employed for at least 12 months in order to qualify for FMLA leave. However, your 12 months does not have to be consecutive, although employment periods that are 7 or more years ago do not count, unless the periods were due to military obligations or the terms of a written agreement, such as a collective bargaining agreement.

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