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The address is http: An employer that willfully violates this posting requirement may be subject to a civil money penalty for each separate offense. An employee may take up to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave for qualifying exigencies during the twelve-month period established by the employer for FMLA leave. An Act To grant family and temporary medical leave under certain circumstances. Deployment to a foreign country includes deployment to international waters. Q Does an employer have to return an airline flight crew employee to work after a period of FMLA leave?

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For a member of the Regular Armed Forces, covered active duty or call to covered active duty status means duty during the deployment of the member with the Armed Forces to a foreign country. For a member of the Reserve components of the Armed Forces members of the National Guard and Reserves , covered active duty or call to covered active duty status means duty during the deployment of the member with the Armed Forces to a foreign country under a Federal call or order to active duty in support of a contingency operation.

Q What is the definition of deployment of a member with the Armed Forces to a foreign country? Deployment to a foreign country means the military member is deployed to an area outside of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any Territory or possession of the United States.

Deployment to a foreign country includes deployment to international waters. Q Are families of servicemembers in the Regular Armed Forces eligible for military caregiver leave? Military caregiver leave extends to those seriously injured or ill members of both the Regular Armed Forces and the National Guard or Reserves.

Q Can I take military caregiver leave if I am the stepson or stepdaughter of the covered servicemember or if I am the stepparent of a covered servicemember? The regulations provide that an eligible employee is entitled to a combined total of 26 workweeks of military caregiver leave and leave for any other FMLA-qualifying reason in this single month period, provided that the employee may not take more than 12 workweeks of leave for any other FMLA-qualifying reason during this period.

For example, in the single month period an employee could take 12 weeks of FMLA leave to care for a newborn child and 14 weeks of military caregiver leave, but could not take 16 weeks of leave to care for a newborn child and 10 weeks of military caregiver leave. Q Can I carry-over unused weeks of military caregiver leave from one month period to another? If an employee does not use his or her entire workweek leave entitlement during the single month period of leave, the remaining workweeks of leave are forfeited.

After the end of the single month period for military caregiver leave, however, an employee may be entitled to take FMLA leave to care for the covered military member if the member is a qualifying family member under non-military FMLA and he or she has a serious health condition.

Q Can I take military caregiver leave for more than one seriously injured or ill servicemember, or more than once for the same servicemember if he or she has a subsequent serious injury or illness? Q Can I care for two seriously injured or ill servicemembers at the same time? However, an eligible employee may not take more than 26 workweeks of leave during each single month period.

Q What if my covered servicemember receives a catastrophic injury and the military issues me travel orders to immediately fly to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to be at his bedside. Do I have to provide a completed certification before flying to Germany? The regulations also permit an eligible employee who is a spouse, parent, son, daughter or next of kin of a covered servicemember to submit an ITO or ITA issued to another family member as sufficient certification for the duration of time specified in the ITO or ITA, even if the employee seeking leave is not the named recipient on the ITO or ITA.

Q How is leave designated if it qualifies as both military caregiver leave and leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition? For military caregiver leave that also qualifies as leave taken to care for a family member with a serious health condition, the regulations provide that an employer must designate the leave as military caregiver leave first. The Department believes that applying military caregiver leave first will help to alleviate some of the administrative issues caused by the running of the separate single month period for military caregiver leave.

An employee must provide notice of the need for qualifying exigency leave as soon as practicable. For example, if an employee receives notice of a family support program a week in advance of the event, it should be practicable for the employee to provide notice to his or her employer of the need for qualifying exigency leave the same day or the next business day.

Q Are the certification procedures timing, authentication, clarification, second and third opinions, recertification the same for qualifying exigency leave and leave due to a serious health condition? The same timing requirements for certification apply to all requests for FMLA leave, including those for military family leave. If the qualifying exigency involves a meeting with a third party, employers may verify the schedule and purpose of the meeting with the third party.

Additionally, an employer may contact the appropriate unit of the Department of Defense to confirm that the military member is on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status. Employers are not permitted to require second or third opinions on qualifying exigency certifications. Employers are also not permitted to require recertification for such leave. An employee may take up to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave for qualifying exigencies during the twelve-month period established by the employer for FMLA leave.

Qualifying exigency leave may also be taken on an intermittent or reduced leave schedule basis. Q How much leave can I take if I need leave for both a serious health condition and a qualifying exigency?

Qualifying exigency leave, like leave for a serious health condition, is a FMLA-qualifying reason for which an eligible employee may use his or her entitlement for up to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave each year. An eligible employee may take all 12 weeks of his or her FMLA leave entitlement as qualifying exigency leave or the employee may take a combination of 12 weeks of leave for both qualifying exigency leave and leave for a serious health condition. Q Can I take qualifying exigency leave when my military member returns from deployment?

USERRA is a federal law that provides reemployment rights for veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve following qualifying military service. USERRA requires that servicemembers who conclude their tours of duty and who are reemployed by their civilian employers receive all benefits of employment that they would have obtained if they had been continuously employed, except those benefits that are considered a form of short-term compensation, such as accrued paid vacation.

If a servicemember had been continuously employed, one such benefit to which he or she might have been entitled is leave under the FMLA. USERRA requires that a person reemployed under its provisions be given credit for any months of service he or she would have been employed but for the period of absence from work due to or necessitated by USERRA-covered service in determining eligibility for FMLA leave.

A person reemployed following USERRA-covered service should be given credit for the period of absence from work due to or necessitated by USERRA-covered service towards the months-of-employment eligibility requirement. For example, someone who has been employed by an employer for nine months is ordered to active military service for nine months after which he or she is reemployed. Upon reemployment, the person must be considered to have been employed by the employer for more than the required 12 months nine months actually employed plus nine months of USERRA-covered service for purposes of FMLA eligibility.

It should be noted that the 12 months of employment need not be consecutive to meet this FMLA requirement. Q How should the 1, hours-of-service requirement be calculated for returning servicemembers? Accordingly, a person reemployed following USERRA-covered service has the hours that would have been worked for the employer added to any hours actually worked during the previous month period to meet the 1, hour requirement.

Special hours of service eligibility requirements apply to airline flight crew employees. The address is http: An airline flight crew employee is an airline flight crewmember or flight attendant as those terms are defined in the FAA regulations. In order to be eligible to take leave under the FMLA, an airline flight crew employee must work for a covered employer; be employed at a worksite where the employer has 50 or more employees within 75 miles; have worked for the employer for 12 months; and meet the hours of service requirement.

Due to non-traditional work schedules, airline flight attendants and flight crew members are subject to special hours of service eligibility requirements under the FMLA. An airline employee who is not an airline flight crewmember or flight attendant as those terms are defined in the FAA regulations is subject to the generally applicable FMLA eligibility requirements.

The worksite is the terminal to which employees are assigned, report for work, depart, and return after completion of a work assignment. Therefore, in the case of airline flight crew employees, the worksite is their home base, or domicile. For example, an airline pilot may work for an airline with headquarters in New York, but the pilot regularly reports for duty and originates or begins flights from the company's facilities located in an airport in Chicago and returns to Chicago at the completion of one or more flights to go off duty.

The pilot's worksite is the facility in Chicago. The applicable monthly guarantee for an airline flight crew employee who is not on reserve status i.

For an airline flight crew employee on reserve status, it is the minimum number of hours for which an employer has agreed to pay the employee for any given month. Q How is the number of hours worked determined for an airline flight crew employee? In contrast to flight or block hours, duty hours encompass time spent performing a variety of support duties that begin before a plane takes flight and end after it lands.

Duty hours are widely recognized and used in the industry. Q How is the number of hours paid determined for an airline flight crew employee? The number of hours paid is the hours for which the employee received wages during the previous month period.

An airline flight crew employee returning from USERRA-covered service shall be credited with the hours of service that would have been performed but for the period of absence from work due to or necessitated by USERRA-covered service in determining the employee's eligibility for FMLA-qualifying leave.

Accordingly, an airline flight crew employee re-employed following USERRA-covered service has the hours that would have been worked for or paid by the employer added to any hours actually worked or paid during the previous month period to meet the hours of service requirement.

In order to determine the hours that would have been worked or paid during the period of absence from work due to or necessitated by USERRA-covered service, the employee's pre-service work schedule can generally be used for calculations. As with all employers covered under the FMLA, an employer of an airline flight crew employee must observe any employment benefit program or plan that provides greater family or medical leave rights to employees than the rights established by the FMLA.

Conversely, the rights established by the FMLA may not be diminished by any employment benefit program or plan. For example, a provision of a CBA which provides for reinstatement to a position that is not equivalent because of seniority e. This entitlement is based on a uniform six-day workweek for all airline flight crew employees, regardless of the time actually worked or paid, multiplied by the statutory workweek entitlement for FMLA leave.

An eligible airline flight crew employee is entitled to days of military caregiver leave during a single month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness. This entitlement is based on a six-day workweek multiplied by the statutory workweek entitlement for military caregiver leave. Q Does an employer have to return an airline flight crew employee to work after a period of FMLA leave? On return from FMLA leave whether after a block of leave or an instance of intermittent leave , the FMLA requires that, as with all employers covered under the FMLA, an employer of an airline flight crew employee return the employee to the same job or one that is nearly identical equivalent.

If not returned to the same job, a nearly identical job must: Miscellaneous Questions Q I am a caregiver for my brother who is not able to take care of himself. FMLA leave to care for a relative is generally limited to caring for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent.

An eligible employee standing in loco parentis to a sibling who is under 18, or who is 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability, may take leave to care for the sibling, if the sibling has an FMLA-qualifying serious health condition. Under the regulations, an employer may deny a bonus that is based upon achieving a goal, such as hours worked, products sold or perfect attendance, to an employee who takes FMLA leave and thus does not achieve the goal as long as it treats employees taking FMLA leave the same as employees taking non-FMLA leave.

For example, if an employer does not deny a perfect attendance bonus to employees using vacation leave, the employer may not deny the bonus to an employee who used vacation leave for a FMLA-qualifying reason.

Sasha uses 10 days of FMLA leave during the quarter for surgery. Sasha substitutes paid vacation leave for her entire FMLA absence. Q My medical condition limits me to a 40 hour workweek but my employer has assigned me to work eight hours of overtime in a week.

Employees with proper medical certifications may use FMLA leave in lieu of working required overtime hours. Employers must select employees for required overtime in a manner that does not discriminate against workers who need to use FMLA leave.

The regulations also clarify that substituting paid leave for unpaid FMLA leave means that the two types of leave run concurrently, with the employee receiving pay pursuant to the paid leave policy and receiving protection for the leave under the FMLA.

They argue that employers will engage in subtle discrimination against women in the hiring process, discrimination which is much less obvious to detect than pregnancy discrimination against the already hired. Throughout history, gender discrimination towards women was common; certain laws were placed that would restrict a woman's option in choosing a working position, as well as, how many hours she could work [94] ei.

Employers Supporters counter that the act, in contrast to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of , is aimed at both women and men, and is part of an overall strategy to encourage both men and women to take family-related leave. According to Grossman, there is no basis for this assumption upon the inception of the legislation and no evidence has been found today to support this assumption.

Therefore, the employer incentive to prefer male employees is preserved despite the equal opportunity for both sexes to take leave. Namely, the United States is the only industrialized country without paid leave for parents.

The following table illustrates the lack of provisions offered in the United States as compared to that of other industrialized countries. For instance, all Western European nations have maternity paid leave and over half have paternity and sick child care paid leave, while the United States has no paid leave.

Additionally, workplace fairness has been questioned under the Act. For instance, any woman-specific benefits provided by the legislation were considered special treatment and thus unacceptable, and ignoring the idea that women may have a greater share of burden of caregiving in reality. The success of the implementation of the policy is also controversial because it is questioned whether the policy is actually going to those who need the benefits.

For instance, since the leave offered is unpaid, majorities of eligible employees can not take time off because they can not afford to do so. Under law, women are protected from sex discrimination in the workplace but a large stigma against women still exists in terms of them being equally skilled as their male co-workers, and ultimately testing the federal protection of rights in a work environment.

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