Employees who are
frequently absent without good cause are generally absent due to numerous
frivolous reasons. Employees who are absent for good cause have legitimate
reasons, e.g. sickness or family member illness, and the employee needs time off
to resolve their personal problems.
As an employee you are allowed to take up to 12
weeks of unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The
12 weeks of leave may be taken continuous or intermittently, thereby allowing
the employee to work on a less than full-time schedule.
FMLA can be used for the care of a child after
birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
FMLA is available to care for an immediate family
member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition.
FMLA can be used for your own serious health
concerns. It does not cover for the common cold, flu, ear aches, upset stomach,
common headache, or routine dental care.
In order to be covered by FMLA you must be
considered an "eligible" employee. An eligible employee must have 12 months
(1,250 hours) of employment
If you are an eligible employee, your employer must
maintain your benefits, allow you to return to the same or equivalent position,
and not decrease your pay or benefits at the conclusion of 12 weeks. If you
believe you are eligible for FMLA, inform your supervisor or HR department that
you are requesting FMLA coverage. Your employer is required to provide you with
written notice, within two business days, informing you if you are eligible or