The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Qualified medical and family reasons include: personal or family illness, family military leave, pregnancy, adoption, or the foster care placement of a child. FMLA can be a very complex area to navigate. Only certain employers are required to offer their employees FMLA, and not all employees are eligible. Even after an employee is approved for FMLA leave, there are complex rules for calculating the number of days taken and the recertification process.
Your employer is required to notify you of your eligibility for FMLA, and they cannot prevent you from taking FMLA, or retaliate against you for doing so. The attorneys at Sobel, Wade & Mapley have experience navigating the complex issues around FMLA and representing clients who have experienced FMLA interference and retaliation. If you have any issues related to your FMLA leave at work, contact us for a free consultation.