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What are the rules for Family and Medical Leave Act versus paid leave?

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year and requires employers to maintain group health benefits.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I received approval to apply the Family and Medical Leave Act to my current leave. However, one stipulation says I must apply for my paid leave before using my FMLA leave. Is this normal? Is this a loophole in the FLMA policy? Can an employer require the use of paid leave while an employee is on FMLA leave? – Talia

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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