INS AND OUTS OF WORKPLACE BENEFITS: Understanding the FMLA
In the OIWC Career Satisfaction survey, the highest ranking benefits relating to family are paid family and/or medical leave (76% said this was important) and allowing her to work flexible hours following family/medical leave (77% said this was important). Have you ever had to use the FMLA at some point in your career? If so, you have realized it's not as easy as one would think. The FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women. But there are other aspects to consider when taking a leave – how to financially support yourself while you are out and how to plan efficiently for your leave of absence are just a couple of examples. This month we review the ‘must-know' parts of the FMLA, share member experiences on taking a leave of absence, and provide a list of resources to help you make this as easy as it can be. Read more.
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