Family and Medical Leave Act
Benefits and Eligibility
There are certain rights you have as a parent that are protected by law.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is the principal law that describes the rights that parents have with regards to their employment. In essence, it requires qualifying employers to provide unpaid leave for medical and family reasons. The employee's job is protected during the leave.
Prior to this law, the rules surrounding leave for medical and family issues were up to the employers. As an employee, your leave could be denied for any reason and you could even be fired for taking leave. There was no employment law requiring that employees within the same company had to be treated equally and uniformly.
Let's take a look at the benefits afforded under the law and the qualifications that must be met.
The benefits of Family & Medical Leave Act
1. Up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave a year for the following situations:
2. Other benefits:
Eligibility for the Family & Medical Leave Act
To qualify for the benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act, certain conditions must be met.
1. Employer. You must be employed by an employer with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius of the workplace, or be employed by a public agency; this would include schools, federal, state, and local employers.
Many people are under the impression that they are still paid while taking leave under this act. But it is not required that your employer continue to pay you. Some companies will continue to pay your salary, but that is the exception and not the rule.
While it is against the law to punish those that make use of the Family and Medical Leave Act, it is not uncommon for many employers to frown upon those that take family or medical leave. It can be difficult to prove that you didn't receive a promotion or pay raise because you took a leave of absence.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 allows for you to care for a new child or a sick child without fear of losing your job. The same job, or a comparable job, will be available when you return to work. Benefits are preserved and retaliation of any kind is illegal.
Be sure you are aware of your rights so you can care for your loved ones with confidence, knowing that you can still return to your job.
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