Family and Medical
Leave Act Claims
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees the right to take time off for certain caretaking responsibilities and health problems. Under this act, individuals are entitled up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year, and group health benefits must be maintained during the time off. Upon return from FMLA leave, an employee is entitled to be reinstated to the same or an equivalent job.
FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off. Reasons covered under FMLA may include the birth and care of a newborn child, caring for an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or an employee’s inability to work due to his or her own serious health condition.
In addition to providing job protection, several states have recently enacted paid family and medical leave requirements. Our firm can guide you through the process of applying for leave from your job.