Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). This law requires an employee to be given up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave when:
~the employee or employee’s spouse has a child
~the employee adopts a child or takes in a foster child
~the employee needs to care for an ill spouse, child, or parent
~the employee becomes seriously ill.
Do you have to offer family and medical leave to your employees?
The law only applies to businesses with fifty or more employees. The top 10% of an employer’s salaried employees can be denied this leave because of the disruptions in business their loss could cause.