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The Family and Medical Leave Act protects your job

As someone who is expecting a child in the future, something you're looking forward to is being able to take family and medical leave. Thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), many people can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave that also protects their jobs. During the leave, the act requires that the individuals' health insurance or benefits are maintained.

The FMLA is important because it's a way to encourage balance between responsibilities at home and work. They can take reasonable time away from work to welcome a new child or take protected leave to receive a medical treatment for illness. It encourages individuals to have a life outside their work without the risk of losing their jobs during major life events.

What events will the FMLA cover?

The FMLA covers employees who need to take leave to have a serious medical condition treated, those who have to leave to care for an immediate family member with a serious illness and those having a baby or adopting a child and going through placement.

Who qualifies for FMLA leave?

Anyone who has worked for 12 months with the same employer and worked at least 1,250 hours may qualify. The company must employ at least 50 workers within 75 miles to be required to offer protected leave through the FMLA.

If you are told you may not take FMLA leave but meet the above requirements, it's a good idea to look into legal options. Your employer may not unfairly reject your request or terminate your position. The FMLA is a federal law.

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