Companies in Texas know that they must comply with local, state and federal employment laws. These laws cover a myriad of topics including wages, civil rights and the need for people to take time off of work.

The federal government’s Family and Medical Leave Act outlines provisions for when a person may request unpaid time away from a job to attend to a qualifying family or health matter. Employers and employees alike should become familiar with what the FMLA provides and how a person may qualify for leave under this law.

Leave without pay but with benefits

As explained by the United States Department of Labor, when a person takes time off of work per the Family and Medical Leave Act, the employer does not pay the employee’s salary or wages during the leave period. The employer, however, does maintain all benefits for the employee. This includes continuing all health insurance premiums per their normal agreement with the employee.

Leave without fear of losing a job

Another basic element of the FMLA guarantees that a person may take time away from work without the fear of losing their job for doing so. An employer may transfer the employee to a new position, but that new position must come with pay and benefits equal to or greater than the original position held by the employee.

Employee qualifications for requesting leave under the FMLA

According to the State of Texas, employees must first work for a company required to provide FMLA benefits. Then, the employee must have worked for the company for at least 12 months and logged a minimum of 1,250 hours of work in the 12-month period prior to requesting leave.