Employee Eligibility For FMLA Benefits

Arizona Employees And Eligibility For FMLA Benefits

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides certain benefits and imposes certain obligations on Arizona employees and employers. In general, eligible employees are entitled under the FMLA  can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons. Assuming all the qualifications are met, this leave will be job-protected, meaning the employee must be allowed to return to his or her prior position without penalty. Of course, there are many exceptions to this rules and the law does not apply to all employers or employees, so if you've got a question above FMLA eligibility, talk to an employment attorney.

Employee Eligibility Under The FMLA

Employees are typically eligible for FMLA benefits if they meet four requirements:

  1. They work for a covered employer;
  2. They have worked for the employer for at least 12 months;
  3. They have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months; and
  4. They work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.

There are many considerations that go into meeting these requirements, and even if you don't think you are covered you should talk to a lawyer to confirm whether or not that is the case and whether your rights have been violated.