Family and Medical Leave

Most people are familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as the law that gives new parents the right to take up to 12 weeks off from work in order to care for a newborn child. If your employer has interfered with your right to care for your child or retaliated against you for taking time off for that reason, contact us today for a free consultation

The FMLA also gives most employees the right to take extensive time off due to their own serious medical condition or those of a family member.

In order to qualify for FMLA leave:

  • you have worked for your employer for at least 12 months;
  • you have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months before the leave;
  • your employer has at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of your worksite; and
  • you need time off from work due to you own serious health condition or to care for a parent, child or spouse who has a serious health condition.

Depending on the nature of the health condition, employees might have the right to take their leave in small time periods instead of taking all 12 weeks at once. That is not a decision that your employer can force on you.

If you think you meet all of these criteria and your employer has in any way prevented you from taking FMLA leave or retaliated against you for taking it, please contact our office today for a free consultation.

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