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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA Archives

Can I take an FMLA leave and for how long?

If you put family and work on a scale – seeking to achieve that elusive life-work balance – you surely agree it is nearly impossible to achieve. The assumption in even bring up the subject is that the two should somehow be equal. However, if presented with the question of what is most important, we think working Indiana parents would say their family's take precedence.

Reasons to get leave under the FMLA

Many countries have adopted laws that allow parents to take the time off of work that they need to raise a child, take care of an illness or attend to a sick relative. The United States is a little behind other countries on this matter, but we have The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a law that allows employees to take anywhere from 12 weeks to 12 months off of work for a variety of reasons. It also ensures that the employee will return to their original job or be given an equivalent one.

Who are the eligible employees under the FMLA?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that requires employers to offer to employees 12 weeks of unpaid time to take care of family business. The family business could be for pregnancy, or it could be to care for a sick family member. The FMLA allows employees to apply for leave and the employer is required to return them to their same job or an equivalent when the 12 weeks are up. But, the FMLA does not apply to every employee. This post will go over the covered employers and employees.

An in-depth look at the Family Medical Leave Act, Part 1

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was hailed as a revolution in the workplace. Before the FMLA, women received no protection if they got pregnant. Their employer could fire them, deny them promotions, or take any other of series of actions based on her pregnancy. The FMLA clarified that being pregnant is a protected status and employers are not permitted to punish employees for becoming pregnant. This post will go over the FMLA and how it protects you.

Asserting your rights to family and medical time off work

No matter what your job may be, you are a person like everyone else, and you deserve to have your rights as a person protected. One of the measures that seeks to protect employees rights to lead a normal human life that includes family and loved ones is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, an employee is entitled to take of time from work to address both family and medical emergencies without fear of losing his or her job.

Are you eligible for family and medical leave?

Occasionally employees may face medical or health problems that require prolonged attention. They might need some time away from work to deal with these personal issues. In these cases it is possible for employees to get unpaid leave of up to 12 months, depending on the seriousness of their situation. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a Federal law which lays the guidelines for employers when providing unpaid leaves to employees in these situations. Complete job security must be guaranteed by the employer. On returning to work, these employees ought to be reinstated to their original positions.

A primer for the Family and Medical Leave Act

In 1993, the federal government passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with the goal of helping employees balance work life and the medical needs of their families. It provides for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for every 12 months employed and gives employees a chance to recover from surgery, care for a loved one or be there for the birth and first months of their baby's life.

How do I know which leave to request from work?

When you have a family event or emergency that arises and you need to request leave from your place of employment, you may be confused as to what leave you should be requesting. If you request leave under the wrong provision, will it be denied? Moreover, is there one form of leave that allows for more days and by failing to request said leave, will you short-change yourself on the time you have to handle things at home?

When does FMLA apply to a leave from work?

There are certain life circumstances and events that qualify for an approved absence from work under the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act. While an employee is not required to be paid during this time, you are still insured.

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