Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Do you ever worry about having to take off work for unforeseen circumstances and how it may affect your job?We want to make our employees aware of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This leave offers employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected absences from their jobs per year. It was enacted to aid employees in balancing work and personal obligations, without having to choose between the two in times of crisis.If an employee has worked for at least 1 year with the district and has worked at least 1250 hrs during the 12 months preceding the commencement of leave, they may be eligible for FMLA with a qualifying event. Employees can qualify for FMLA leave when they are facing personal medical problems or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Medical issues such as the pregnancy, birth or adoption and fostering of a child also fall under the qualifications for FMLA. In general, if an employee has a medical situation that falls under the qualifying events and it prevents the employee from performing his or her job for an extended period, FMLA may be an option.Our adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act is an important aspect of our commitment to employees and their families.For more information about FMLA, or to see if you qualify, please refer to your employee handbook. The online policy is available at www.emsisd.com. If you have any questions please contact Cindy Blackstock in Human Resources at 817-232-0880, Ext. 2756.