Wisconsin Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & compensation compliance analysis

Wisconsin Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
Wisconsin has such a law.
Wisconsin law requires that family and medical leave be provided by both public and private employers under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 103.10).
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Covered employers. The WFMLA leave provisions apply to employers with 50 or more employees.
Eligible employees. Employees who have been employed by the same employer for more than 52 consecutive weeks and who worked for the employer for at least 1,000 hours during the preceding 52-week period are eligible for WFMLA leave.
Qualifying leave events—birth, adoption, or placement. Employees may take up to 6 weeks' unpaid WFMLA leave during a 12-month period for:
• The birth of a child, provided the leave begins within 16 weeks of the date of birth; or
• The placement of a child with the employee for adoption or as a precondition to adoption, but not both, provided leave begins within 16 weeks of placement.
Qualifying leave events—employee’s serious health condition. Employees may take up to 2 weeks' unpaid leave during a 12-month period for the employee's own serious health condition that keeps the employee from performing his or her job duties. Employees may schedule this leave as medically necessary.
Qualifying leave events—family member’s serious health condition. Employees may take up to 2 weeks' unpaid leave during a 12-month period for the employee’s child, spouse (including ...

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