Preventing FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) Abuse [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave—generally up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period—for certain family and medical reasons. It also requires that group health benefits be maintained during the leave. Employees are eligible for FMLA leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and they work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles. FMLA has been proven to have a positive effect on employee morale and absenteeism, but abuse of FMLA leave is a growing concern for employers. 

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