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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Employee Relations by Terry L. Fitzwater

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FMLA—FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT OF 1993

This act requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of family leave (without pay). The employee must be returned to the same position or one of equivalent status and pay. To be eligible, an employee must have worked at least 12 months and 1250 hours in the year preceding the request for leave. A total of 12 weeks is allowed during any 12-month period for: (1) the birth, adoption, or foster-care placement of a child, (2) to care for a spouse, parent, or child with a serious health condition, and (3) a serious employee health condition. A person taking the leave should give a 30-day notice if possible, and upon return must be given the same job or one of equivalent status and pay. ...

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