Calculating Coverage Under FMLA

by Mammoth Team on September 26, 2017


Q: How do we calculate whether we’re covered under FMLA?

A: In order to be covered under FMLA, private sector employers need to employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. The 20 calendar workweeks do not need to be consecutive.

When counting employees, include any employee whose name appears on the payroll on any working day of the calendar week, regardless of whether they received compensation for the week.

Once an organization meets the 50-employees-for-20 workweeks threshold, it remains covered until it reaches a point at which time it no longer employed 50 employees for 20 (non-consecutive) workweeks in the current and preceding calendar year.


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