Family Leave Act Remains Complicated Issue
February 26th, 2007
An industry study reports that 4 out of 5 Human Resources Executives do not fully understand their rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
“The fair application of family and medical leave rules is one of the most important challenges and responsibilities facing Human Resource professionals today,” said Susan R. Meisinger, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. “Our survey demonstrates that 14 years after the bill was signed into law, the rules – especially those related to the definition of what constitutes a serious medical condition – continue to create more questions than answers.
“Employees need to know the benefits they are entitled to, and employers need to understand how to provide those benefits in a way that is fair for all workers,” Meisinger said.
FMLA allows most workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for birth, adoption, and other serious health conditions, or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Key findings of the survey include:
As a result of the survey, the Society made the following suggestions to the U.S. Department of Labor: