Do You Have an FMLA Policy in Place?

If not, here's a free one – take it, modify it to fit your company, but check it with your counsel.

If you have one already but haven't reviewed it in a couple of years, use this one to see if you’re covering everything you should.

Explanation: If you have 50 or more employees, you’re subject to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees the opportunity to take unpaid, job-protected leave for certain specified reasons. The maximum amount of leave an employee may use is either 12 (standard FMLA) or 26 weeks (military FMLA) within a 12-month period depending on the reasons for the leave.

It is an occasionally complex piece of legislation and one you should be certain to follow. We make this sample policy (and all kinds of other, similar valuable checklists, sample employee communication pieces, answers to HR questions, etc.) available to our client companies, and we're glad to share this one with you.

If you'd like to know more about how you might be able to gain access to ALL of the services we provide our clients, send an email to and include the subject line: FMLA Policy.

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