Fmla Training

Written by Jacey Harmon
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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 created Federal regulations regarding situations that require an individual to leave work due to illness of themselves or family members. FMLA requires covered businesses to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for medical purposes. Employees may use the leave for the birth of a child, care for a family member, placement of foster or adopted child, and the employee's own health needs.

FMLA Compliance

Business owners and HR specialists often have many questions regarding the rules and regulations created by FMLA. To meet this need education providers have developed courses that provide in depth information on FMLA statutes. Courses will cover topics ranging from covered employers to eligible employees. Information on record keeping and employee notification requirements is provided through courses that cover FMLA regulations.

Courses can be as long as five days to as short as a half-day seminar. The level and detail of knowledge desired will determine how long each course will be. Courses can be provided through instructor led classes for individuals who learn best and desire a classroom experience. For self directed individuals online tutorials and classes may be the right path. Allowing the time to complete a course will reduce the risk of an organization not being compliant with the law.

For Internet savvy individuals, the Department of Labor provides useful information at their website. Before getting involved in a training class a quick review of the DOL website may provide answers to FMLA questions. One thing the website does not do is aid in designing and implementing FMLA compliant practices. The DOL only provides information on the most frequently asked questions as well as the complete text of the Act itself.


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