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Family Medical Leave Act for Small Firms & Family Businesses

Discuss the implications of the Family and Medical Leave Act for a small firm and for a family.

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires companies that employ a workforce of 50 or more or that are public agencies to make unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks available to employees facing personal medical problems, adoption or the birth of a child, or the need to take care of a family member. In order to qualify, employees must have worked at the company for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours. The employee must work at a worksite within 75 miles of which the employer employees at least 50 employees to be covered. Employees also must intend to return to work at the conclusion of their leave. The employer must continue to pay the benefits of these employees and reserve the employee's position for his or her return. Exemptions to the "50 employee" test are public agencies and local public and ...

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This solution discusses the impact of the Family Medical Leave Act on small firms and family businesses. It includes links and examples.