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A Brief Introduction to FMLA

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides an employee up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year with job reinstatement privileges. Accordingly, an employee is able to return to their same or equivalent job position after completion of their FLMA. This law also dictates that an employer that comes under the umbrella of FMLA also maintains health benefits for qualified workers. Employers are required by law to provide FMLA eligibility notice after requests for leave (or when they get information about qualifying reasons for leave) within 5 business days. The FMLA survey conducted by the United States Department of Labor revealed that 91% of employers that comply with FMLA had a positive effect on employee morale, absenteeism, and turnover.

A Brief Overview of Federal Employee Discrimination

The law protects a federal worker or an individual who is a job applicant from discrimination on the basis of their color, race, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, or disability. The statute also provides protection to an individual from any sort of retaliation that they might face due to opposing employment discrimination, initiating a formal complaint, or playing a part in EEO grievance process provided by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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