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COPING & HEALING

CARING FOR A CHILD:
FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

If your child's heart condition is serious and you need to care for your child either at home or in the hospital, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 requires that covered employers provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave to "eligible" employees. During the employee's FMLA leave, the employer must maintain the employee's health coverage under any "group health plan" and upon return from leave guarantee the same position with equivalent pay, benefits and other employment terms.

Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least one year, and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and at a location where at least 50 employees are living within 75 miles of the workplace. The employer may require advance notice and medical certification to approve the leave. For more information, you can contact the nearest office of the Wage and Hour Division, listed in most telephone directories under U.S. Government, Department of Labor.