FMLA Advisor

The Department of Labor has recently released the FMLA Advisor to help businesses determine if they are covered by the FMLA and if employees are eligible for coverage.  At HRInsights, we realize that you may not have the time to go through the entire advisor, but it is important to know if you are covered and if your employees are eligible.  So here’s a quick review of the FMLA:

The Family & Medical Leave Act:

  • Covers only certain employers;
  • Affects only those employees eligible for the protections of the law;
  • Involves entitlement to leave;
  • Maintains health benefits during leave;
  • Restores an employee’s job after leave;
  • Sets requirements for notice and certification of the need for leave;
  • Protects employees who request or take leave; and
  • Includes certain employer record keeping requirements

Eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to FMLA leave for:

  • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child;
  • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition;
  • The employee’s own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his or her job; or
  • Certain military-related reasons.

So if you’d like to take a quick look at coverages and eligibility, here’s a simple way to do it:

Employers click here. Employees click here.  Go through the questions to find out.  If you’re unsure contact HRInsights’ HR Advisors to get further advice (go to and click ‘I Need HR Advice’).

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