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What does the Family and Medical Leave Act do for you?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an important act that allows certain employees the opportunity to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs. During those 12 weeks, their jobs are protected.

The FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year. This allows employees to safely balance their work lives and home lives, giving them the opportunity to leave work without the risk of losing their jobs.

Who does the FMLA apply to?

The FMLA only applies to public agencies, companies with 50 or more employees and primary and secondary schools, both private and public. The people who apply for FMLA coverage must also meet one of the requirements including needing time off to:

  • Care for a newborn child
  • Care for a newly adopted or foster child
  • Care for a family member (child, parent or spouse) who has a serious health condition
  • Take leave when the employee is unable to work because of having poor health

Employees become eligible to take leave after they've been with their employers for 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the last 12 months.

If you are looking into FMLA coverage and want to know if you qualify, talk to your employer about the leave you'd like to take. If they don't believe you qualify but you believe that you do, you can reach out to your attorney for clarification and make sure that your employer will hold your job for you until you are able to return to work.

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