Advice and Resolution Corner - FMLA - Determining Employer Coverage

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Published Date: 10/27/2014


John; Gupton

By John Gupton


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How do I determine if my organization is covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?




The FMLA applies to all:


  • public agencies, including state, local and federal employers, and local education agencies (schools); and,
  • private sector employers who employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year – including joint employers and successors of covered employers.


For private sector employers, the 20 workweeks do not have to be consecutive. Any employee whose name appears on the employer’s payroll will be considered employed each working day of the calendar week, and must be counted whether or not any compensation is received for the week.


The FMLA applies only to employees who are employed within any state of the United States, the District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United States. Employees who are employed outside these areas are not counted for purposes of determining employer coverage or employee eligibility.


It is important to remember that for FMLA purposes, employer coverage is determined separately from employee eligibility under the FMLA. Just because an employer is covered by the FMLA does not necessarily mean that an employee is eligible for leave under the law.


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