President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993. The FMLA provides longer service employees of larger employers the right to take up to 12 weeks from work without losing their job. The FMLA is available to employees who need to care for their own or a family member's serious health condition. Beginning in 2008, a spouse, son, daughter, or parent of an employee who is a member of the military service can take up to 26 weeks of military caregiver or exigency leave.  The FMLA does not create a right to compensation. Therefore, FMLA leave is unpaid, unless the employee uses available vacation or sick time.

My Employment Lawyer provides  answers to frequently asked questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act to help you evaluate your options if you need time to take off from work.  These answers are not a substitute for legal advise.  To protect your rights fully, you must consult legal counsel in your state about the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Guide to Employer FMLA Notices with DOL Approved FMLA Forms
A. Employer Notices The 2008 FMLA regulations require four separate types of Employer notices: “General notice,” which means the poster listing employees’ FMLA rights, plus a new a requirement t... applies to All States

Family and Care Giver Discrimination, Harassment and Discharge
Family responsibility discrimination is an emerging area of discrimination law. Although no specific law designates a family care giver as a protected class, a number of laws protect people with famil... applies to Florida

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - An analysis of House Bill 6201
On March 19, 2020 the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address some employment impacts of the coronavirus and COVID-19. It was a much smaller version of the Act that passed... applies to All States

Florida wrongful discharge law
Florida law does not recognize a “wrongful termination” or "wrongful discharge" claim, at least by that name. Florida is an at-will state, which means that an employer may fire, demote, hire, prom... applies to Florida

Family and Medical Leave Act 2008 Rule Changes.
The Department of Labor issued final changes to its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rules, which took effect on January 16, 2009. These changes include the new leave related to military service me... applies to All States

List of Employment Law FAQs
Non-competition Severance pay Retaliation Sexual harassment Family leave Discrimination Wrongfully accused Overtime Tax Issues in Settlements Healthy Families Act Smoke free workplace Ohio non-compete... applies to All States

Ohio Public Policy exception to At-will Employment
In Greeley v. Miami Valley Maint. Contractors , 49 Ohio St. 3d 228 (Ohio 1990), the Ohio Supreme Court held that "[p]ublic policy warrants an exception to the employment-at-will doctrine when an emplo... applies to Ohio

When Your FMLA Leave Expires in California
One of the more common mistakes that employers make with regard to employees' medical leave and disability rights under ADA and FEHA is assuming that just because an employee's FMLA or CFRA leave has ... applies to California

Family Medical Leave Act
Federal and state laws protect employees from unfair and unlawful treatment at the hands of their employers. One of those laws is the “Family Medical Leave Act” or FMLA. FMLA became federal law in... applies to Pennsylvania

What is considered a wrongful termination in Ohio?
We are often asked by individuals and other attorneys, what is considered a " wrongful termination " in Ohio. The term "wrongful termination" really includes a wide variety of unla... applies to Ohio

Who is Considered an Immediate “family member” for purposes of taking FMLA Leave?
As if working hard for that promotion or striving for better shifts wasn’t hard enough, what happens when the unexpected throws you off course? Becoming extremely ill, being injured in an accide... applies to All States

The EEOC Announces Multiple Six Figure Settlements of 100% Healed Cases.
100% Healed Policies: A Recipe for Disaster. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced six figure settlements of multiple federal lawsuits alleging employer failures to accommodat... applies to All States

Five Facts About Pregnancy Discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination means treating someone unfavorably because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a pregnancy-related medical condition. It can also include retaliation for taking paid family leave . F... applies to All States

2 Challenges Veterans Might Face at Work
Veterans often have difficulties getting hired, in part due to widespread stereotypes and biases against them. Even when veterans get past that first stage and are hired (congrats!), they unfortunatel... applies to California

2 Challenges Veterans Might Face at Work
Veterans often have difficulties getting hired, in part due to widespread stereotypes and biases against them. Even when veterans get past that first stage and are hired (congrats!), they unfortunatel... applies to California

Why I Won't Take Your Case
"Because you're an idiot," is probably a completely unacceptable reason for refusing to accept representation of a prospective client (even if it is the real reason.) For more than a decade of solo pr... applies to Pennsylvania

Josh Morrow Workplace Fairness Fund for Employment Litigation Court Costs.
The Josh Morrow Workplace Fairness Fund provides loans to attorneys representing employees in litigation against their employers. Loans must be repaid from any recovery but are generally forgiven if t... applies to All States

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Medical Leave Of Absence From Work
Currently, a majority of employees in California struggle with work-life balance. An individual may be striving for that promotion at work, finding time to go to their kid’s soccer game, praying... applies to All States

Do I need to provide a doctor’s note to verify the need for a medical leave of absence?
Taking a medical leave of absence is not ideal for an employee or their employer, but it happens. The law recognizes that sometimes things happen in an employee’s life that they have little or n... applies to All States

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