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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a federal law. It provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave. Some states may have laws that provide more coverage depending on the health or medical circumstance, although many states do not provide more leave than required by federal law.

What Is the Eligible Employee Entitled to under the FMLA?

FMLA allows employees to take time off to care for family members. The benefits may include:

Employee Eligibility under the Family and Medical Leave Act

To be eligible for the FMLA, the employee must fulfill all three of these requirements:

Common Circumstances When the FMLA Is Used

Common circumstances when the FMLA is used include:

Employer's Responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act

An employer is not permitted to fire an employee who takes family or medical leave for a reason outlined in the FMLA. The employee, working for an employer covered by the FMLA, has a right under federal law to take this leave if they qualify.

Should I Consult an Attorney about the FMLA?

An employment lawyer can help an employer determine whether the FMLA or other state family leave laws apply to them. The attorney can also help to ensure that the employer's rights are protected if an employee requests family or medical leave from the employer.

An attorney can help an employee to show the employer that family or medical leave is required. If the employee returns and feels that they are treated differently because of the leave, or if the employee has been fired because they attempted to take advantage of the rights under the FMLA, the employee should immediately consult an attorney.

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