In 1993, Congress made huge advancements in the field of workplace rights by passing the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. The FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave so employees can care for their own serious medical condition, or a qualified family member. Like many laws, however, the rights given to employees may seem barricaded behind difficult-to-understand rules and guidelines. For example, not all employees (or medical conditions) qualify for leave, and even if you do qualify, you may be unable to take leave because you are too important to your company. This course teaches employees about the key elements of the FMLA, as well as various responsibilities employees and employers have under the law.

To start, this course explores eligibility, coverage and employee benefits. This course helps employees understand if they are able to apply for leave, and under which conditions they can take it. There are also key reporting obligations for the employee, and notification requirements for the employer. Based on the nature of the job, and the nature of the leave, the employee may also be required to pass a fitness for duty examination prior to his or her return. This course walks you through these and other important components of the FMLA.

Laws can often be intimidatingly imposing or confusing, and the FMLA is no different. However, once you drill down into core principals, you will discover the step-by-step nature of the law, as well as its overarching purpose: to ensure that employees have basic rights at the workplace. Utilize the information presented in this training lesson and gain a better understanding of the FMLA and how you can exercise those rights.