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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal provision that enables certain people to take several weeks of unpaid leave from work while still protecting their job and giving them health insurance coverage.  Although typically associated with women who are taking time off of work after giving birth, the FMLA is more expansive than that.  

To be obligated by the FMLA, an employer must be a public agency, a public or private elementary or secondary school, or a company with 50 or more employees.  

To be eligible for time off under the FMLA, an employee must have worked for their employer for a period of at least 12 months, must have worked at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and must work at a location of the company that employs at least 50 people within 75 miles. 

Acceptable reasons for taking such leave and obtaining 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12 month period include:

  • caring for a newborn child or adopting a child;
  • caring for a spouse, parent, or child with a serious health condition;
  • suffering from a serious health condition that prevents the employee from performing the essential functions of the job; and
  • certain circumstances surrounding a spouse, parent, or child on covered active duty in the military.

O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy has been standing up for the rights of employees since 1965.  If you believe that your employer has violated your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, call or e-mail us today.  We offer free consultations and flexible evening and weekend appointment times to better serve you.  

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