The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a federal law requiring employers to grant paid leave in certain situations for employees. It was written in order to help American employees take care of their families, loved ones, and themselves in the case of medical necessity. Not all employees are covered and requirements for coverage vary state-by-state.
Are you covered by the FMLA?
The federal FMLA only applies to employers with 50 or more employees within 75 miles of the employee’s jobsite. If you work at a company with less than 50 employees, you generally are not covered. The employee must also have worked for their employer for over a year and worked at least 1,250 hours in the last 12 months. Some states, however, have lessened the threshold for coverage in their state’s version of the FMLA.