In every place workplace, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster ought to be displayed at a highly visible point. This poster includes eligibility, benefits and basic characteristics of the program. All public employees and school educators are included in the FMLA. All companies with 50 or more workers must also act in accordance with the act.
With Mother’s Day just past and Father’s day on the horizon, this is a good opportunity to review the contents of this important law. Basically, the FMLA protects a worker’s job when he or she has to take time off to attend to a difficult or stressful situation. We are all exposed to accidents, illnesses, to family emergencies, or the arrival of a new baby. In these cases, employees are allowed to take a total of 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave with no risk of losing their jobs.
Some the situations that are considered by the act are the following:
Care for a close family member who is seriously
Birth of a child or adoption
Care of the newborn
Placement of a foster child
Some steps are necessary to enforce the Nebraska FMLA. The employer should notify the employee in writing about the conditions of FMLA leave. The employer should give detailed instructions on the employee’s responsibilities to protect his or her job. These instructions must specify what contact the employee must maintain with the office, including times and procedures. The employee must to follow these written instructions and must maintain a good relationship with the employer.
Time spent in military service counts towards the employees total hours for FMLA eligibility.
The Nebraska FMLA is a federal program. Some states have preferred to enact their own FMLA regulations. Several states including Rhode Island, New York and California have more generous FMLA laws. These are not the same as the federal act, but have similarities. Nebraska opted simply to use the federal law.