FMLA and the under 50’s

Another update from the Jungle…

Mary tells her supervisor that she needs maternity leave in a couple of months. Her supervisor tells DJ, the part-time human resources (HR) manager that Mary needs the FMLA paperwork. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows an eligible employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for maternity leave.

DJ looks through the HR forms file but can’t find any FMLA leave forms. She begins researching FMLA to find the leave forms and realizes that it only applies to employers with 50 or more employees. Their company has only 30 employees.

What are some of the HR issues for DJ?
1. DJ needs to ensure that the company’s HR policies accurately reflect the laws which apply to the company based on the number of employees.
2. Mary needs to know that FMLA leave is not an option but that there may be other types of leave, such as sick or vacation leave to cover her maternity leave.

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