What are the protections of the FMLA?

Under the FMLA, an employer is required to restore most employees to their original position or an equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits and other terms of employment.  In addition, during an employee’s FMLA leave period, an employer is required to maintain the employee’s health insurance coverage under any group health plan on the same terms as if the employee had continued to work.  FMLA leave cannot result in the loss of an employment benefit that accrued prior to the start of the leave.