The Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave

The Essential Guide to Family & Medical Leave

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Learn the ins and outs of the FMLA and avoid legal problems

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) helps employees balance the demands of work and family. But the law can be hard for employers to apply in the real world—especially when it comes to tracking intermittent leave, completing the proper paperwork, and determining eligibility for different types of leave.

This book has the answers—in plain English—to every employer’s tough questions about the FMLA. It provides detailed information, sample forms and tools that will help you and your managers figure out:

  • who is eligible for leave
  • what types of leave are covered
  • how much leave employees may take, and
  • how to comply with notice and other paperwork requirements.

The 5th edition covers all of the latest changes to the FMLA, including the new regulations and court decisions interpreting the law, as well as changes to related state family and medical leave laws.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413325294
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 743,583
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lisa Guerin is the author or co-author of several Nolo books, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing with Problem Employees, The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, Workplace Investigations, and Create Your Own Employee Handbook. Guerin has practiced employment law in government, public interest, and private practice where she represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts and in agency proceedings. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Deborah England is a litigator with more than 20 years of employment law experience. She has published numerous articles and essays on employment and civil rights law, and frequently speaks on these topics before legal and HR professional organizations.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Family and Medical Leave
2. Is Your Company Covered by the FMLA?
3. Is the Employee Covered by the FMLA?
4. Leave for a Serious Health Condition
5. Leave for a New Child
6. Military Family Leave
7. How Much Leave Can an Employee Take?
8. Giving Notice and Designating Leave
9. Certifications
10. Managing an Employee's Leave
11. Reinstatement
12. How Other Laws Affect FMLA Leave
13. Record Keeping Requirements
Appendix A: State Laws and Departments of Labor
Appendix B: Company Policies Regarding FMLA Leave
Appendix C: Using the Interactive Forms

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"Useful to everyone trying to comprehend the issues and follow the rules." Booklist 


The FMLA is a complex law, leaving most managers with more than a few questions about how to determine eligibility, track and apply leave, request documentation, and deal with benefits and reinstatement. Without a careful understanding of the law, even the most well-intentioned employer can find itself facing a lawsuit over an FMLA violation. This book explains these issues in plain-English and covers some of the most common issues that managers are likely to face when receiving FMLA requests.

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