What is the Family Medical Leave Act?

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What is the Family Medical Leave Act?

One of the most important things in life is having a steady income and a dependable job. Without it, our way of life will be called into question, as we will have to figure out a way to continue to support ourselves. With this notion in mind, the Family Medical Leave Act was created to provide those who have incurred certain medical emergencies with up to 12 weeks of time off without having to worry about losing their job. If you are someone who recently developed a medical condition that requires medical leave, or you have to care for a loved one and therefore cannot return to work for a certain period of time, there is a very good chance that you are now looking into FMLA to see whether you qualify. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Atlanta employment law attorney to learn more about FMLA, whether you qualify, and how our firm can help you if you believe you were wrongfully denied access to FMLA protections or your employer violated the terms of FMLA. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I qualify 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.

Are employers required to pay employees while they are out on FMLA leave?

Unfortunately for many employees, employers are not legally obligated to pay you while you are on FMLA leave. That being said, in certain cases, employers will pay their employees during this period. Finally, if you believe that your employer has wrongfully denied your access to FMLA leave or has violated the terms of the FMLA, our firm is here to help you through every step of the legal process ahead. Simply give our knowledgeable Georgia employment law attorney a call today.


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