Saturday, August 5, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of the day the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became effective. Signed by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993, and made effective on August 5, 1993, the FMLA provides eligible employees with the right to job-protected unpaid leave for qualifying family and medical reasons. Under the FMLA, eligible employees are entitled to:
- 12 work weeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
- The employee’s own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the employee’s job;
- A family member’s serious health condition;
- The birth or placement of a child; and
- Short-term activities and needs because of a family member’s covered active duty or call to covered active duty in military service.
- 26 work weeks of job-protected leave to care for an eligible employee’s family member with an injury or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Many employees in today’s workforce might not remember the time before the FMLA was enacted, when balancing work and family was even more challenging than it is now–eligible employees experiencing the circumstances described above often had to choose between keeping their job, or caring for themselves or a family member.
ReedGroup is proud to have participated in the rich history of this landmark law. For as long as the FMLA has been effective, we’ve been guiding employees through the leave process, while also helping employers mitigate risk and increase employee productivity. In addition, we keep employers up to date with FMLA news, such as revisions and significant court decisions, through our blog, quarterly webinars, administrative services, and web-based tools, including LeaveAdvisor™.
Happy 24th Birthday, FMLA. Here’s to many more!