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.

Unusual for somebody with so much experience, Jim Edholm remains deeply curious about his business. He tracks changes in the law, changes in regulations, and changes in interpretations of those regulations. Jim is constantly looking for a different and better way to put together benefit plans, and he recognizes the different needs and obligations faced by companies of different sizes, different revenue streams, and different employee demographics.

Not surprisingly, Jim has assembled a deep roster of talent at BBI – we are comfortable dealing with everybody in the company and confident that they will find the answer to questions that have not even occurred to us. I cannot imagine using anybody but BBI.

Bob Gilbert, Managing Partner
Gilbert and Renton
Andover, MA

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