Family Medical Leave
All individuals who work should be familiar with the Family Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA, in case they ever need to use it. Many people are eligible for leave under the act and do not even know that the option is there for their benefit. Not using this benefit while available can leave you needing help from a Connecticut employment lawyer such as Licari,Walsh & Sklaver, LLC to get reimbursed for losses.
What is FMLA?
The FMLA allows employees of eligible employers to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave without worrying about job security since the company is required to keep the position for when you are ready to come back. They are also required to continue to provide health insurance for the employee. This only applies for certain family and medical reasons that qualify under the act.
Is my Employer Required to Participate?
All employers are not mandated to offer the program. The individual must work at the company for a minimum of twelve months and 1,250 hours to use the leave. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to participate in FMLA.
What Events Qualify for FMLA?
The following conditions are those that qualify for up to 12 weeks of leave.
• An employee required to care for an immediate family member with a serious condition
• The birth and care of a child or care for an adopted or foster child
• A serious medical condition that prevents the employee from performing the job
• A spouse, child or parent is on active duty and time off is required
Your employer must perform certain tasks to comply with FMLA, and if they refuse or fire you, you may be eligible for compensation from your previous employment in Connecticut from Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC. You cannot be denied the protections offered to you by the FMLA, including retaliation due to needing time off.