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Sep08

Family Medical Leave Act in Maine

My question is regarding the Family Medical Leave Act in Maine. I know that my employees can take up to 12 weeks of leave, but I am not entirely sure what types of things they can take this time off for. Can you please explain?

Of course. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that impacts all states, including Maine. Basically, the law has been in place in the U.S. since 1993 and helps to ensure that employers give their employees up to 12 weeks off from work, either paid or unpaid, if there is an issue in their families related to any of the following situations:

If a child is born, if a family adopts a child or if a family has a foster child placed with them. Both a man and a woman can take time off under these conditions.

If an employee is in a situation where he or she needs to take care of a family member that has a serious health condition. For example, you will need to allow your employees to take up to 12 weeks off if they need to care for someone in their family that gets cancer. However, the ill person has to be a direct relative and cannot be an in-law. So, for example, if you have an employee that requests time off under the FMLA terms in order to care for an ill mother-in-law, unfortunately, the FMLA terms would not apply to her.

If you have an employee that has a serious health condition of his or her own that makes is impossible or extremely difficult to do his or her job.

After employees have used up their time off that the FMLA allows, those employees should be able to come back to work to a job that is either the same or equivalent to the job they had before they left.

Your employees also have to meet some criteria in order to qualify for the FMLA. For example, they need to have worked for at least 12 months with your company before they take the time off. During those 12 months, they need to have put in at least 1,250 hours of work time. However, keep in mind that those 12 months do not necessarily have to be consecutive.

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