Employee Safety paper

Essay by tiffaniUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, November 2008

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IntroductionThe safety, health, and welfare of employees are critical components in today’s competitive workplace. Today’s employer must take a proactive approach to employee safety by meeting certain standards and regulations as well as providing paid time off for life changing events such as the birth of a child or illness of immediate family member. Under the provisions of these laws, employee rights are protected and upon compliance, employers protect themselves from lawsuit and liability.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Covered employers (employers who have fifty or more employees, or engage in business with any public agency), must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee; for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care; to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

(www.dol.gov 2007)Employer Responsibilities under FMLAThe Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to any company who employs over 50 employees, and at least 50 of the employees work 20 or more work-weeks in the calendar year. If the company is a public agency, they are subject to provide FMLA regardless of the number of employees employed. All schools, private or public, are considered public agencies. In order to be eligible for FMLA an employee must have a condition that makes him or her unable to perform their essential job function. Employees are required to provide 30 days notice for foreseeable events that require FMLA. Foreseeable events would include scheduled surgery, adoption, or birth of child. Ordinary illnesses do not qualify for FMLA; such...