Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that ensures an employee's right to take unpaid leave from work to care for him or herself or an ill family member and to return to his or her job once the leave is over.
The FMLA covers employers with 50 or more employees and requires employees to have worked in most cases for an employer for at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months before becoming eligible for leave.
The FMLA imposes notice obligations on employers to inform workers of their rights, and allows employees to take intermittent leave if circumstances warrant. In certain circumstances, employees may elect or employers may require employees to substitute accrued paid vacation leave, personal leave or family leave for unpaid FMLA leave.
The FMLA was enacted in 1993. In 2008 and again in late 2009, Congress amended the FMLA to provide for unpaid leave for employees to care for ill relatives who are in the U.S. armed forces.
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