The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a government funded program that lets eligible employees take time off for a variety of reasons. When it comes to the FMLA, there are many misconceptions and questions, this is why Maduff & Maduff want to help you clear up any confusion surrounding FMLA. Here a few common questions that tag along with FMLA:
What does the program provide?
This federal act provides employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off for any of the following reasons:
Take care of relative who was injured during the course of their military service/ prepare for relative’s military service leave
Take care of relative who is ill or injured
Birth of a new child
Am I qualified for FMLA?
Since FMLA is offered to a small amount of employees, it is essential to know if you are eligible for this program:
– Have been working for your employer for at least 12 months
– Worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during those 12 months
– Must be at least 50 other employees at the work location
Can I be fired for taking FMLA?
There is no way an employee may be fired for taking FMLA. On the other hand, employers do have the right to deny key employees reinstatement of their position in the company. It is ‘ to be aware that your employer cannot interfere with your FMLA rights such as taking your time off into consideration with promotions and terminations.
What should I do if my FMLA rights have been violated?
If you feel that your FMLA rights have been violated, it is important to consult with an employment law attorney immediately. Whether you are denied time off or terminated for taking FMLA, you may have a case against your employer under the FMLA.
Maduff & Maduff has been practicing employment law for over 20 years, if you feel that your rights have been violated, it is essential to contact our professional attorneys today.