The Family Medical Leave Act | What to Know

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The Family Medical Leave Act | What to Know


If you have found yourself missing work to care for a loved one, it is important to understand that there is an act in place to protect individuals who are struggling with family medical emergencies. To learn more about the Family Medical Leave Act, continue reading. If you require assistance with any employment law matters, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced employment law firm. Here are some questions you may have:

What is the Family Medical Leave Act?

The Family Medical Leave Act 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.

Do I qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act?

You must feel the following criteria the qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act:

  • Your employer has at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of your job’s geographical location.
  • You work more than 1,250 hours in your position in a 12-month period.
  • 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 be paid if I am on family medical leave?

Employers are unfortunately not legally obligated to pay you while you are on FMLA leave. However, employers are obligated to ensure that you can still return to your old position once you are back from leave.

You may need to take legal action if you believe that your employer has wrongfully denied your access to FMLA leave or has violated the terms of the FMLA. To do so, it is important that you retain the services of a dedicated employment law attorney who will walk you through the steps ahead.

If you have any further questions about the Family Medical Leave Act, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today.


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