Does the Family and Medical Leave Act Apply to Your Practice?

This act applies to any practice that employs 50 or more people for 20 or more calendar work weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. The law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to employees for:

  • The birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child;
  • Caring for a spouse, child or parent with a serious illness; or
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his or her job

Your practice's policy and procedure manual should include a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy based on these national guidelines. (Texas does not have an FMLA-style law, so only the federal law applies.)

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