Changes to Employer Responsibilities under the Family Medical Leave Act

Employers should be aware of a recent court decision regarding their responsibilities in considering an employee’s request for a medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA is a federal statute, which applies to employers with 50 or more employees. It requires an employer to provide “qualified employees” with up to 12 weeks of leave in a year for family or personal medical circumstances. The court case which was just decided clarified who is responsible for determining whether an employee is eligible for FMLA and what steps employers have to take before they make a decision about eligibility.

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