The Family and Medical Leave Act applies to all public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. Eligible employees include those who have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where there are 50 or more employees. Eligible employees are allowed 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:

  • Birth and care of newborn child;
  • Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for an immediate family member with serious health condition; or
  • To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

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