Needing time off from work is something that almost every person needs now and then. You may be someone who needs extended time off due to a personal medical condition or in order to handle a close family member's care or for another reason covered under federal law. As a result, you may have relied on the Family and Medical Leave Act for that leave and for job protection.
In case you haven't heard, if you work for one of the many private employers in New York's boroughs, you could be paid at least a portion of your wages while you are out on family leave. Earlier in 2017, legislators passed a law that requires private employers (public employers have the option to opt in) to begin offering employees this opportunity beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.
If you can't afford to take off work, you are in the same boat with many in New York. This is why you dread getting sick or when someone in your family falls ill. However, it may be that a situation is imminent, and you will have to take some time to get your family through it. It could be something tragic like the terminal illness of a loved one or joyous like the impending birth or adoption of a child.
Having a child is often a joyous time in a person's life. Because expanding a family is a considerable life change, many people need time away from work in order to care for their new children. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers should have the ability to take a certain amount of time off for such an event. However, some employers may violate workers' FMLA rights by denying leave.
The Family and Medical Leave Act often acts as a lifesaver for many individuals who have medical issues themselves or who have family members with such issues. Though the FMLA protects workers who qualify for extended leave, some employees could face difficulties if their employers do not adhere to the stipulations of the act. In many cases, violations of these protections can lead to employees suffering negative impacts.
The Family and Medical Leave Act helps many employees who may need extended time away from work in order to address personal or family medical issues. The FMLA protects workers from suffering unnecessary negative repercussions as a result of taking the approved time. However, some individuals may be unjustly denied leave and face hardships as a result.
Employees are protected by several state and federal employment laws. These laws protect everything from workplace conduct and hiring practices to wages and hours. While you may know about and understand these laws in theory, potential violations can be much more difficult to identify when you are actually experiencing them.
Giving proper notice when it comes to employment leave is critical. While many people assume the requirement to give proper notice falls solely on the shoulders of the employee taking leave, employers also have an obligation to give proper notice. This is particularly important to remember when it comes to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Taking job-protected leave to deal with a serious illness or welcome a new child to the family is essential to workers all across New York. Unfortunately, there are people who qualify for this leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act but are afraid or unsure of what will happen if they take a leave of absence.
You might not expect to suffer a serious injury or expand your family this year. You might not expect that you will need to take time away from work to address these matters. Therefore, you probably won't expect that you'll have to navigate the complex legalities of ensuring your job and benefits are protected during a medical leave.