Family & Medical Leave
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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a major federal law that may provide eligible employees with the right to take unpaid leave from work for qualified medical and family reasons.
Covered employers are required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in the following instances:
- The birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption or foster care;
- To bond with a child (if leave is taken within 1 year of the child’s placement or birth);
- To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent with a qualifying serious health condition;
- For the employee’s own qualifying serious health condition; and
- For qualifying exigencies related to foreign deployment of the employee's spouse, parent, or child if he or she is a military member.
The FMLA also requires covered employers to allow an eligible employee who is the spouse, parent, child, or next of kin of a covered service member to take 26 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a single 12 month period to care for the service member with a serious injury or illness.
It is unlawful for a covered employer to interfere with these rights or to retaliate against an employee for the exercise of these rights.
Other state laws apply to public employees to permit them to take family or medical leave.
Contact Hughes & Goldner, PLLC today at (855) 217-2599
to discuss your family / medical leave claim.