Eligibility Requirements for The Family and Medical Leave Act

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What is The Family and Medical Leave Act?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles employees to take unpaid leave, up to 12 work weeks, in a 12-month period. The FMLA provision offers employees job protection while they are gone and may only be used for specified family or medical reasons. Read on to learn more about FMLA eligibility requirements.

Who is Eligible for the FMLA?

Employees are eligible to use the FMLA if they:

  • Worked for 12 months (it does not have to be consecutive) in the last seven years in Michigan.
  • Worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months.
  • Did not previously use their FMLA entitlement for the year.

The FMLA covers private-sector employers if it has 50 employees or more in 20 or more workweeks in the current or previous year. Employees are considered to be employed each working day of the calendar week if the employee works any part of the week. Workweeks do not need to be consecutive.

Reasons Why Someone May Need to apply For FMLA

Not every medical reason or family event entitles an employee to use FMLA, however, the following circumstances are recognized:

  • The birth and care of a newborn child of the employee.
  • A child is placed with the employee for foster care or adoption.
  • To take care of a child, spouse, or parent with a life-threatening health condition.
  • To take leave when the employee is unable to work due to a severe health condition.
  • If there is an impending call or order to an employee's spouse, child, or parent's military active duty.

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