Family and medical leaves can provide critical time off for someone who is ill, pregnant or caring for a family member who needs help because of a serious health condition. These laws can be especially helpful in a family emergency if they, or a loved one, is suffering from a serious sickness and needs to be away from work.
The Bloom Firm helps employees protect their rights under state and federal family medical leave laws and helps employers understand and properly apply the law to their workforce and defend them if they’ve been falsely accused of breaking these laws.
The federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides that,
- Public employees and private employees whose employers have fifty or more employees,
- Who have worked 1,250 hours in the past twelve months,
- Be allowed to take up to twelve unpaid weeks off,
- Because of their own serious medical condition or to help care for an immediate family member with such a condition.
Those needing pregnancy and maternity leave could fall under the protections of the law. The law also includes protections against retaliation for an employee who seeks or who has used a leave of absence.
The law imposes time deadlines on your right to file suit. Consult with a lawyer right away to understand and protect your rights.
Whether you’re an employer or employee with questions about FMLA leave or concerns about your particular situation and how the law may apply, contact the Bloom Firm so we can discuss the issues and the best way for you to move forward.