A covered employer is required to maintain group health insurance coverage for an employee on FMLA leave whenever such insurance was provided before the leave was taken and on the same terms as if the employee had continued to work.
If applicable, arrangements will need to be made for employees to pay their share of health insurance premiums while on leave. In some instances, the employer may recover premiums it paid to maintain health coverage for an employee who fails to return to work from FMLA leave.
FMLA stands for the Family and Medical Leave Act. Covered employers must extend unpaid leave to their eligible employees up to the amount of twelve full work weeks within a period of twelve months.
The purpose of the FMLA is to create a way for the employees to cope with the demands of illness and parenthood through the benefit of having the option to take an unpaid leave. The underlying goal of the law is to encourage a stable living situation for families.
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