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Family & Medical Leave Act
Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 08-24-93
Date Reviewed: 04-06-2018, 06-12-2018
Last Date Modified & Approved: 05-30-2018, 06-12-2018
Lake Michigan College is committed to compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (the "FMLA"). The purpose of this policy is to provide employees with a basic understanding of their rights and obligations under the FMLA.
This policy applies to all employees eligible for leave under FMLA. An employee who has been employed at the College for at least 12 months and has worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period preceding the request for leave is eligible for family medical leave ("FML"). Paid absences (including Workers' Compensation, Short Term Disability, and other paid or unpaid time off) prior to taking FML are not included in the 1,250 work hours reference above.
Lake Michigan College will grant eligible employees leave under the FMLA for up to 12 workweeks during any rolling 12-month period.
Basic Leave Entitlement:
An eligible employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected FML for the following reasons:
- Because they are unable to perform their job due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth;
- To care for the employee's child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
- To care for the employee's spouse, son, daughter or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
- For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee's job.
Military Family Leave Entitlements:
Eligible employees whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is on covered active duty or called to covered active duty status may use their 12-week leave entitlement to address certain "qualifying exigencies." Qualifying exigencies may include attending certain military events, arranging for alternative childcare, addressing certain financial and legal arrangements, attending certain counseling sessions, and attending post-deployment reintegration briefings. The FMLA also includes a special leave entitlement that permits eligible employees to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a covered service member during a single 12-month period.
Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services; Executive Director, Human Resources; Assistant Director, Benefits and Compliance
References: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993