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Why is the Family and Medical Leave Act important?

How well do you know the Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA)? Do you know when you're protected by it and when it doesn't apply? This important act is a federal protection. It provides eligible employees of certain employers to take time off while protecting their job. The leave is unpaid, but it gives them time to spend with family or to care for a dependent party.

When you take time off through the FMLA, you will be able to stay away from work for up to 12 workweeks throughout a 12-month period. This should, in most circumstances, give you time to care for someone you love who needs support or even to take care of yourself during an illness or after a surgery.

When can you take FMLA leave?

You can take leave through the FMLA when:

  • You or your spouse gives birth. You can take leave for up to 12 weeks during the first year of your child's life.
  • To care for your spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition.
  • To accept the placement of a child for foster care or adoption (within the first year of placement).
  • To take time off to get through your own serious illness that makes it impossible for you to perform your work duties.
  • To attend to an exigency as a result of a spouse's, son's, parent's or daughter's military service.

You can take up to 26 weeks of leave during a 12-month work period if the person you're caring for is a servicemember with a serious illness or injury so long as that individual is your next of kin, spouse, son, daughter or parent.

As you can see, there are many times where the FMLA can be used beneficially. If you need time off work for a medical emergency, this may be the protection you need.

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