FMLA Rules: Answers to Your FAQs & Free Compliance Checklist 

By Mariah Collins, SHRM-CP on May 02, 2024
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As your organization grows, concerns about adhering to FMLA rules may start to surface as a key aspect of your HR needs. Understanding the FMLA rules can be complex, but you don't have to manage these requirements alone.

In this post, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding FMLA rules for employers. We'll also direct you to resources for comprehensive FMLA leave rules management. Keep your eye out for a downloadable checklist on FMLA rules at the end!

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Which Employers Must Abide by FMLA Rules & Guidelines?

Answer: While any employer can allow an employee to take an extended period of leave, some employers are legally required to do so. The FMLA specifies these as “covered employers.” Covered employers include those who employ 50 or more workers within a 75-mile radius for at least 20 workweeks in the current or previous year.

If your business is nearing the size where these rules apply, it’s prudent to prepare for FMLA rules enforcement sooner rather than later. Employers are not excused from these rules due to unfamiliarity with FMLA requirements.

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Which Employees Are Eligible for Leave Under the FMLA?

Answer: Certain employees are eligible for FMLA-protected leave under the Act. This includes employees who have:

  1. A qualifying medical need,
  2. A tenure of 12 months or longer with a covered employer, and
  3. At least 1,250 hours worked for the company over those 12 months.

Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of FMLA-protected leave, which may be used intermittently.

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Where Can We Turn for Help with Managing Our FMLA Rules?

Answer: If you are a covered employer, it’s crucial to ensure you are following FMLA rules correctly. You can review your policies with legal counsel or with HR compliance experts.

At Axcet HR Solutions, our team of experienced HR compliance experts can assist you in preparing to meet your obligations under FMLA rules, review your current procedures, and help you implement fully compliant FMLA policies.

The team at Axcet takes care of the administration of FMLA rules for you from start to finish, so you can focus on your business with peace of mind. Could you use assistance with FMLA rules or other HR tasks? Schedule a conversation with our experts today.

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