FMLA covers employees who have a family emergency, such as a birth, illness of someone in the immediate family including the employee, or adoption. FMLA allows employees to take up to 12 weeks, unpaid, in a 12 month period for any of these family emergencies. However, an employee may take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave during 12 months if he or she needs to care for a service member with a serious illness or injury. However, the service member must be directly related to the employee (i.e. child, step-child, spouse, parent, or next of kin). Requirements to be eligible for FMLA coverage includes: the employee must have worked for at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months with the company. During this 12 week unpaid leave the employee the employee does not have to worry about losing his or her job.
Does your company adhere to the FMLA regulations properly?