A sick child at home. An accident or injury. A death in the family. Notification to serve on the jury for an upcoming trial. Each of these events is part of life and can temporarily prevent an employee from being able to perform his or her job. Supervisors and managers often find themselves in the position of approving or denying requests for employee leave as they handle the company’s day-to-day operations. It is important for managers and supervisors to understand the basic guidelines for granting leave that are established by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other laws. This course describes the family- and health-related situations that trigger an employee’s eligibility to take leave under the FMLA. It also explores the other types of leave which are protected by law and examines the criteria for leave entitlement. This course incorporates the FMLA regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor which took effect on March 8, 2013. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor & Employment Law Group of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.
- Identify the entitlements granted by the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Recognize the benefits of knowing which employees are entitled to under the FMLA
- Identify the criteria for employers to be covered under the FMLA
- Identify the criteria for employees to be covered under the FMLA
- Identify a manager's responsibilities related to the FMLA
- Recognize situations when an employer must grant employee leave under laws other than the FMLA
Primarily managers and supervisors, as well as other employees whose responsibilities include managing employee leave.