It was in 1993 when Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Today, the important piece of legislation is still helping employees throughout Ohio, and the entire country, balance their work and family life and take care of what is most important to them. If you need to take leave from work to care for yourself or a loved one, you should know if you qualify for FMLA leave, and what the law entails.
The FMLA is a federal law that allows some employees in the country to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The leave is job-protected, meaning that when employees are ready to return to work, they have the right to expect that their same position, or a similar position with equal pay, is available to them. When employees have accrued or earned other forms of leave benefits for family caregivers, parents, or medical reasons, appropriate paid leave is sometimes available as a substitution.
Approximately 56% of all workers in the country qualify for FMLA leave. Unfortunately, not all employees are eligible. To qualify, employers must:
Public employees that work at schools or local, state, and federal agencies also qualify for FMLA leave, regardless of how many employees work for the employer.
To qualify for FMLA leave, an employee must also be taking leave for a specific reason. The qualifying reasons are as follows:
FMLA leave may be taken all at once, or the employee can take the leave intermittently. Sometimes, a full-time employee may take partial leave and work on a part-time basis.
If you need to take FMLA leave, or your employer has denied your rightful leave, our Ohio FMLA lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC, can help you exercise your rights. Call us now or fill out our online to request a consultation with one of our attorneys and to learn more about how we can assist with your case.
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