There are many cases where an employee feels the need to take time off of work to care for a sick loved one.  Many may not know that could qualify for their company’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  It is important to understand your employee privileges in case a situation should arise.  If you have encountered issues with FMLA contact your California employment lawyer today.

What does the Family and Medical Leave Act entail?  According to US News, “The Family and Medical Leave Act took effect in 1993 to help balance workplace demands with the medical needs of employees and their families. You’re entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for your own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member who has a serious health condition. You may also use the FMLA for what the Department of Labor website refers to as “birth and bonding:” an extended parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and for bonding with a new foster child.”

Check out these facts on determining your eligibility according to US News:

  • Not every employee is eligible.
  • Your employer may require that you use paid leave first
  • Your employer may require proof of the serious health condition
  • A job is guaranteed to you, but not necessarily the same job you had before.

You may request additional time to care for a member of the military

Find out everything you need to know about FMLA here.

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