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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires employers to prominently display a number of work-related posters where their employees can easily access and read them. Among the most important of these is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster.
As an employer, it’s important to understand which posters you’re required to display in your company and why they are federally mandated.
Here’s what you need to know about the FMLA poster:
FMLA stands for Family and Medical Leave Act. The FMLA’s purpose is to allow covered employees to obtain job-protected leave in the event they must be absent from work due to certain medical or family reasons. The FMLA provisions also guarantee that covered employees retain the same group health insurance benefits while they are taking leave.
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, eligible employees are entitled to these protections in the following circumstances:
The FMLA does not require you to pay covered employees; however, you must protect employees’ jobs until they’re able to return to work (within the confines of the law). Pay would be contingent upon available sick, vacation, personal, or paid disability time off.
When an employee returns to work, you must restore the employee to his or her original role, or to an “equivalent” job that retains the same benefits, pay, and other employment conditions. Additionally, you cannot delete any other benefit the employee earned or was entitled to prior to using FMLA simply because he or she was absent on FMLA leave.
All covered employers must display the FMLA poster summarizing employees’ rights and explaining how to file complaints. Any private employer with at least 50 employees who worked a minimum of 20 weeks in the current or previous year is considered a covered employer. In addition, all public agencies (state, federal, local, and educational) must adhere to FMLA guidelines.
Posters must be displayed in conspicuous places where all employees and applicants can easily access the information.
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