The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a Federal Law that provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees in certain circumstances. The employer must have at least 5o employees. The employee must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months and 1250 hours. So long as the employer and employee qualify for FMLA there are different occasions when an employee can obtain this leave.
(1) When an employee is having a newborn baby (this leave applies to fathers also);
(2) When an employee is adopting a baby (this leave applies to fathers also);
(3) When an employee needs to take care of a serious health condition of mother, father, wife, son or daughter;
(4) When an employee needs to address their own serious health condition;
Serious health conditions under the FMLA can include things as varied as substance abuse treatment, prenatal care, the flu, mental illness and cancer.
If you are not sure whether you are entitled to receive Family Medical Leave Act leave, speak to an employment attorney that is skilled in that area of the law such as Scott Behren and the Behren Law Firm, call them for a free consultation.