What to Know About the Family Medical Leave Act

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What to Know About the Family Medical Leave Act

Family comes first. As a result, when medical emergencies occur, you may find yourself missing work to care for a loved one. Luckily, there is an act in place to protect those struggling with family medical emergencies. Read on to learn more about the Family Medical Leave Act in Georgia.

What is the Family Medical Leave Act?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created in order to provide individuals who are experiencing certain medical emergencies with up to 12 weeks of time off. This ensures that they can take care of themselves and their loved ones 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, you may qualify for FMLA.

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.

Will I Get Paid if I am on Family Medical Leave?

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. Our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated employment law attorney.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Family Medical Leave Act, reach out to our firm today. We are here to advocate for you.


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