There is nothing simple about the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Even though you may understand the basic points of this law, as you dig around you will find that there are some details you don't fully comprehend.
Above all else, here is what you need to know: You don't have to choose between work and dealing with a family medical emergency.
As noted by the United States Department of Labor, the FMLA is in place to provide eligible employees of covered employers with job protected, unpaid leave for a variety of medical and family reasons.
As an eligible employee, you don't have to choose between your job and dealing with a medical emergency. Instead, you can take time off, unpaid, knowing that you can face the issue head on and then return to work when necessary. Here are some of the things you can take a leave for:
-- The birth of a child.
-- To care for a spouse, parent, or child with a serious medical condition.
-- A serious medical condition that prohibits an employee from performing his or her job responsibilities.
While there are employees who are not covered by FMLA, most find that they are. It is never easy to take time off without pay, but it is better than having to choose between work and a family medical emergency.
If you run into any issues when taking an FMLA leave, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. Our law firm has many years of experience helping people who are treated wrongfully in relation to an FMLA leave.