Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA provides workers with at least 1 year's service at companies with at least 50 employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job per year to deal with a serious health condition or care of the employee or close family member or for a birth or adoption.

During the leave, the employer cannot discontinue the employee's health or other benefits but the employee is required to continue to pay the same amount toward those benefits as prior to the leave. At the conclusion of the leave, the employer is required to reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent position.

An expanded FMLA provides additional leave of up to 26 weeks for a family member to care for an armed service member's serious illness or injury incurred while on active duty. 12-week's leave is also available to family members of active duty personnel who receive short-notice of a deployment and certain other situations.

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