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Are you ready to request family medical leave?

Not all employees qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act; however, many find that they are able to take advantage of up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

In short, the FMLA is in place to provide a person with time away from work to care for his or her own health or the health of another. For example, it is common for new mothers to take advantage of this type of leave.

If you are ready to request family medical leave, don't hesitate to learn more about your rights. Furthermore, make sure you understand what is required of you and your employer.

As noted by the Department of Labor, an employee must meet notice requirements under FMLA. This includes things such as:

-- If you are aware that you will need FMLA leave, such as due to the birth of a child, the act allows your company to require a notice period of 30 days.

-- If you are unsure you will need FMLA more than 30 days in advance, you should notify your company as soon as possible.

-- If an emergency arises, such as a sudden diagnosis, you are required to tell your company within two days of returning that you plan to use FMLA leave.

Sometimes, you know you will need to take time away from work. In other situations, something comes up without notice.

If you request FMLA leave and are denied, don't hesitate to find out why. There may be a good reason for this. Unfortunately, it may also be because your employer is not obeying the law.

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