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Understanding FMLA rights in the workplace

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Blog, Employment Law

Passed in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. It helps ensure that individuals do not have to choose between their job security and taking care of their health or family. Understanding these rights contributes to a fair and compassionate working environment.

Although details can vary by state, The FMLA sets a national standard for how these laws apply within each workplace. In Colorado, as in the rest of the United States, the FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within 12 months for qualified reasons. Both employees and employers in Colorado should understand who is eligible for FMLA leave, what conditions qualify for leave and what rights and protections the FMLA offers.

Who is eligible for FMLA leave?

Employees qualify for FMLA leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 1 year, have put in at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12 months before the leave and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.

Qualified conditions for FMLA leave

FMLA leave allows employees to take time off for specific reasons such as:

  • The birth and care of a newborn child
  • The adoption or foster care placement of a child
  • Caring for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
  • When the employee is unable to work due to a serious health condition

Understanding FMLA rights is useful for both employees and employers. It ensures that employees can take necessary leave for serious health or family reasons without fear of losing their jobs, promoting a healthy work-life balance. By familiarizing themselves with the details of FMLA, Colorado workers can better navigate their rights and responsibilities under this act.