Employees need to take family and medical leave for a variety of reasons. A father may need time to bond with a newborn baby daughter, or a mother may need time to take care of a sick son. Everyone who feels that they may need to take leave for some reason should become familiar with the laws and rules that govern the taking of leave. That way, they can make sure that they don't make mistakes that can jeopardize their time off.
A California mother who required intermittent medical leave to care for two sons and her husband recently filed an employment lawsuit against Kaiser. The woman, a vocational nurse for Kaiser since 2010, was fired in retaliation for exercising her right to medical leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), among other claims, according to her lawsuit.
A police officer, referred to as "Tyler," had a son who suffered from sickle-cell anemia, requiring Tyler to miss work to care for him on an intermittent basis. Tyler requested and was approved to take intermittent medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for his son.
With more than 50,000 wounded warriors returning to the United States for treatment, rehabilitation and relearning how to live with a serious injury, families throughout California and the rest of the United States have answered their own call to duty: to take care of their loved one at Walter Reed or another military hospital. But many family members have lost their jobs because of the extended time away from work required to nurse a son, daughter or spouse back to health after a battlefield injury.
California state law doesn't require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. An attempt by New York City to make paid sick leave mandatory there has earned the promise of a veto from current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It appears that the City of New York will remain on par with the state of California in leaving paid sick time up to the discretion of the employer.
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed in February of 1993, twenty years ago. Since then, it has provided countless workers throughout the United States with job-protected medical leave to care for themselves or their family members.
As the Baby Boomer generation edges towards retirement, the United States is hurtling into a new era. Because the Baby Boomers represent a disproportionately large demographic, Americans will need to find a way to balance elder care with employment. Elder care can be very time-intensive and not all people can rely upon assisted living or nursing home facilities to help carry the load.