The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Overview
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if they had not taken leave.
The FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promotes equal employment opportunity for men and women.
Eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to FMLA leave for:
The FMLA prohibits employers from interfering with employees' rights under the law and
authorizes the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate and enforce its provisions
(See Investigative Authority). Employees cannot waive, nor
may employers induce employees to waive, their prospective rights under the FMLA. This does
not prevent the settlement of FMLA claims by employees based on past employer conduct without
the approval of the DOL or a court. (See § 825.220 of the FMLA regulations.) Furthermore, nothing in the FMLA or its regulations prevents an employer from providing an employee with greater protections and/or more leave than entitled to under the law even if the employee is not, by law, eligible and/or the employer is not covered.
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