The Family and Medical Leave Act exists because sometimes things happen to us or our families that are completely out of our control. Moreover, workers devote their lives to their jobs and it’s only right that – when life comes knocking – they have the ability to take time off to attend to family affairs.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers workers the ability to take up to 12 weeks off of work each year without fear of losing their jobs. Employers must reserve the worker’s position, or one that’s of equal status, so that the worker can return to work as soon as his or her issue has passed. Here are the following concerns that give workers the right to take off work:
- Needing to care for a new baby or child in the family (adopted or naturally born)
- Needing to care for a seriously ill family member
- Needing to resolve one’s own serious health concerns
It’s important to note that not all employees are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, which only protects individuals who work at a company with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius. Also, the employee needs to have worked at the job place for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months. Federal employees are also covered by the FMLA.
If you’re concerned about whether you can receive Family and Medical Leave Act benefits, learn more about your legal rights and options by contacting your company’s human resources representative. If you feel that your FMLA rights are not being honored, on the other hand, you may want to investigate whether you can pursue a lawsuit to assert your rights in court.