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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Archives

Emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act, otherwise known as the FMLA, exists to allow employees up to twelve weeks a year of (unpaid) time off to provide temporary care for loved ones who are unable to care for themselves. Upon returning to work, the employee is required to be reinstituted into his or her old position with the same benefits and salary he or she enjoyed prior to taking leave.

Ending family-responsibility discrimination

Families in general, and primary caretakers in particular, are constantly searching for the best way to "have it all." The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) makes a valid attempt to protect the rights of those families looking for the ideal work-life balance.

Does my condition qualify me for FMLA leave?

If you are asking yourself the question posed in this headline, you are probably already struggling with a health condition that has the potential to seriously upset your ability to do your job. Perhaps it has already started to affect your attendance or performance.

Is My Job Protected While I am Out of Work on a Medical Leave of Absence?

If you suffer from a disability or serious health condition that requires you to take time off work, a few different laws may protect your job during your medical leave of absence. Your job may be protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and/or federal, state, and city disability discrimination laws. Each of these laws provide different protections and operate separate and apart from each other, so even if the FMLA doesn't protect your job, the disability discrimination laws may.

3 examples of FMLA violations to watch out for

If you need to take time away from your job to have a child or care for yourself or a loved one with a medical condition, you likely want to do so with an understanding of what protections you have in place. Will you have a job when you return? How much time will you be allowed to take? Will you be paid during this time?

FMLA and an employee's dismissal

Enacted in 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act provides employees with job security protection in the event that he or she has a qualifying family and/or medical reason that, under FMLA, warrants a leave. During a 12-month period, employees with qualifying circumstances can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs.

While illegal, many employers continue to discriminate against pregnant employees

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects female employees from suffering workplace discrimination based on their "pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions." These protections extend to activities related to hiring, job assignments, health insurance and other benefits, temporary disability and maternity leave.

A few things you should know about FMLA leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is the federal law that requires covered employers -- those that employee 50 or more people within 75 miles -- to provide up to 12 weeks a year of unpaid leave to eligible employees. The leave could be for an employee's serious medical condition or for the serious medical condition of an employee's immediate family member.

FMLA protections for same-sex spouses blocked by federal court

A new Labor Department rule expanding job protections for same-sex spouses was set to take effect on March 27, but a federal judge has blocked the rule's implementation. Specifically, the change would extend Family and Medical Leave Act protections to employees in same-sex marriages, regardless of whether they live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

After 22 years, 200 million women and men have taken FMLA leave

February 2015 marks the 22nd anniversary of President Bill Clinton's signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, women and men who needed to care for their health or their families' health have used the law more than 200 million times since 1993.

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