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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