What Are the Benefits of the FMLA?


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The benefits of the Family and Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA, include one-on-one time with family after the birth or adoption of a child and time to recover from medical issues. FMLA was designed to promote equal employment opportunity for employees, according to the U.S Department of Labor.

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What Are the Benefits of the FMLA?
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The Family and Medical Leave Act provides qualified employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year. During the leave, an employee's job is secure and health benefits are maintained. An employee can use FMLA for leave to care for a newborn, an adopted child or an immediate family member with serious health conditions or to recover from a personal health condition, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. During the leave, FMLA laws often provide peace of mind for employees concerned about losing a job as a result of a change in family status or medical condition.

All companies with 50 or more employees, public agencies, and public and private schools must comply with FMLA laws; however, restrictions for leave may apply. For example, employees are typically only eligible for family and medical leave if they have worked with an employer for at least 12 months or 1,250 hours within a 12-month period, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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