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FMLA and Maternity Leave


I am pregnant and am looking to take some time off after the baby is born under the Family Medical Leave Act.  I have worked for my employer for over 3 years off and on but they aren’t consecutive. Do I still qualify for FMLA?


Everyone’s favorite HR answer….Maybe!  In order to be eligible to take leave under the FMLA, an employee must:

  • Work for a covered employer
  • Work 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave
  • Work at a location where 50 or more employees work at that location or within 75 miles of it
  • Have worked for the employer for 12 months

However, the 12 months of employment are not required to be consecutive to qualify for FMLA leave. The regulations state, “…only employment within seven years is counted unless the break in service is due to an employee’s fulfillment of military obligations, or governed by a collective bargaining agreement or other written agreement.”

For more details on FMLA – See the Federal Department of Labor page regarding the Federal Leave. Employers are also reminded that some states have more generous FMLA laws.  Check your state regulations as well to make sure you are complying with your state leave laws.

Strategic HR knows that keeping abreast of legal compliance issues can be daunting, especially when the laws keep changing. We can help you stay compliant by offering resources to help you identify and mitigate compliance issues, such as our HR Audit which helps identify trouble spots in your HR function.