What is FMLA Leave?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) allows eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave with continuation of group health insurance coverage for up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period for the following reasons:
Who is eligible for FMLA Leave?
Eligible employees are those who:
How can you take FMLA leave?
FMLA leave can be taken the following ways:
What is Intermittent Leave or Reduced Leave Schedule?
Intermittent leave is FMLA leave taken in separate blocks of time due to a single qualifying reason. A reduced leave schedule, on the other hand, is a reduction in the employee’s usual number of hours per workweek or workday. Often times, with a reduced leave schedule, the employee’s schedule changes from full-time to part-time.
For an employee to be eligible for intermittent leave or leave on a reduced leave schedule, the leave must be taken because of a serious health condition or to care for the serious health condition of a spouse, parent, or child. In essence, there must be a medical need for the leave that can be best accommodated through intermittent leave or a reduced leave schedule.
If intermittent leave or leave on a reduced leave schedule is requested after the birth or placement of a health child, the employer must agree to such leave.