What Does The Federal Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Govern?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows certain employees up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job­protected leave per year. The FMLA calls for notification responsibilities. It also requires that group health benefits be maintained during the leave. The FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. The FMLA also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers, and promotes equal employment opportunity for men and women. A number of states have also enacted family and medical leave laws, some of which provide greater amounts of leave and benefits than those provided by FMLA. In those situations where an employee is covered by both Federal and State FMLA laws, the employee is entitled to the greater benefit or more generous rights provided under the different parts of each law.

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