Leave of absence laws give employees the right take time off from work, without losing their job for a variety of reasons:
- personal or family illness
- military service
- family military leave
- and other personal reasons
Since each state is subject to different programs and requirements we will just review one federal program that companies that have a minimum number of employees are legally obligated to comply with.
Have you ever heard of FMLA?
A leave of absence of between 12 and 26 weeks that must be given to qualifying employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The medical leave of absence act provisions require covered employers to grant leave to eligible employees for:
- their own serious health conditions
- to care for a covered family member with a serious health condition
- for family military leave for a qualifying exigency
- to care for a seriously injured or ill service member or veteran
- leave to eligible employees after the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child, to bond with the child
Do you know that by law you HAVE to display a certain poster where employees can see it?
Taken from the department of labor website:
All covered employers are required to display and keep displayed a poster prepared by the Department of Labor summarizing the major provisions of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and telling employees how to file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees.
Do you know what other state level programs exist where you own a business? Do you know what the rules and regulations are? What and where you can get the forms?
In California alone there are, to name a few:
- CFRA – California Family Leave Act
- Pregnancy Disability Leave
- Short Term Disability
- Paid Family Leave
Not being informed or having the right posters or paperwork could lead to an employee accusing you of violating their rights as defined by the federal and state government.