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Taking family and medical leave: Two reasons

Family and medical leave is an important type of protection for workers. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the option to take unpaid leave while still having the option to return to their job later.

Their job is protected under the act so long as they take the time off for one of the approved reasons that fall under the FMLA.

When can you use FMLA leave?

One good time to use it is during pregnancy or after the birth of a child. Mothers are allowed to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for prenatal care, the birth of a child or for her own health reasons after birth. Fathers may also take FMLA leave to take care of a spouse who is pregnant or giving birth and to care for his newborn child. FMLA leave can also be taken when a child is placed in a home as a foster or adopted child.

Can you use FMLA for leave if you have a chronic health problem?

Yes. If you have a chronic serious health condition that requires treatment, then you may use FMLA protections. A chronic health condition is one that requires you to have periodic visits for treatment (usually at least two times per year) and continues for an extended length of time. Additionally, the condition might cause episodic issues rather than incapacity for a length of time, making it possible for you to return to work after treatment.

Your health is the most important thing in the world. FMLA protections help you protect it while keeping your job.

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