How do FMLA regulations apply to small businesses with less than fifteen employees or employees with only a short time on the job?

An employer with less than fifteen employees is not covered under the FMLA act. Also, the FMLA laws require at least 12 months for eligibility. In a situation where a six month employee requests six to eight weeks off for surgery, the request can be denied. The employee can be fired for absenteeism if he/she takes the time off. There may be some state regulations that are applicable.

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A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
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