What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
FMLA is a federal law that entitles employees to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This time can be used, over the course of 12 months (the County defines the 12 months as the calendar year), to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child, a seriously ill family member, an employee's own health conditions, in situations of qualifying exigency to be with an employee's spouse, parent or child if they are an active service member or have an impending call to active duty in support of contingency operation, or for the care of an injured service member if the service member is the employee's spouse, child, parent or "next to kin".

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1. When can an employee take FMLA?
2. What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
3. How do I know if I'm eligible for FMLA?
4. How much leave is an employee entitled to under FMLA?
5. The employee's doctor is requesting that she take time off before the birth of her child. Can the employee do this?
6. Will an employee be paid for hours protected under FMLA?
7. Can an employee take a few hours every week to take a family member to a medical appointment?
8. How is "family" defined under FMLA?
9. An employee's mother-in-law or sibling has serious medical conditions. Can the employee request protection under FMLA?
10. Does an employee need to prove that he or she or a family member has a serious health condition?
11. Will an employee who takes 12 weeks for his or her own personal medical condition be entitled to another 12 weeks to take care of a family member?
12. What if an employee is required to take more than 12 weeks off?
13. What will the health care provider be asked to include on the medical-certification form?
14. What will happen if an employee's doctor does not submit a completed medical-certification form?
15. Does an employee need to prove that they are eligible for a qualifying exengincy leave?
16. Will an employee have insurance while on leave?
17. Can my employer stop making insurance payments?
18. Will an employee have the same job when he or she returns from FMLA leave?
19. Will an employee's seniority be affected if he or she takes FMLA leave?