The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created to provide individuals with up to 12 weeks of time off when they are experiencing certain medical emergencies. The FMLA ensures that these individuals can care for themselves and their loved ones without having to worry about losing their job. You may qualify for FMLA if you or someone you care for have recently developed a medical condition that required medical leave and cannot return to work for a certain period of time. Read on to learn more about the Family Medical Leave Act.
Who qualifies for the Family Medical Leave Act?
To qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act, you will have to meet the following criteria:
- You work more than 1,250 hours in your position in a 12-month period.
- Your employer has at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of your job’s geographical location.
- You have a qualifying medical condition, a family member has a qualifying medical condition, or you recently conceived a child or adopted a child and you are looking to care for and raise your child for a 12-week period.
Will I get paid while on FMLA?
Unfortunately, employers are not legally obligated to pay you while you are on FMLA leave. Instead, they are obligated to ensure that you can still return to your old position, or a very similar new position, once you are back from leave. If you believe that your employer has wrongfully denied your access to FMLA leave or has violated the terms of the FMLA, you may need to take legal action.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Family Medical Leave Act in Georgia, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced employment attorney.
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