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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 providing them health insurance coverage and still protecting their job.  Although typically associated with women who are taking time off of work after giving birth, the FMLA is more expansive than that.  

Acceptable reasons for taking such leave and obtaining 12 workweeks 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.

However, not all employers are obligated by the FMLA, as there are certain requirements that your employer must meet before you are entitled to FMLA leave.  O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan, Cassidy, Beck, PLLC has been standing up for the rights of employees since 1963.  If you believe that your employer has violated your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, call or e-mail us today.