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What is the Family Medical Leave Act?

by | Jan 31, 2015

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers employees up to 12 weeks of excused absence from their jobs each year. Employees may qualify for the FMLA leave when either they or certain family members suffer from a serious health condition.

Generally, FMLA leave can be used for:

  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
  • for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
  • to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.

The FMLA has many restriction and may not apply to small employers with less than 50 employees.

Written by Linda Vanden Heuvel

Linda is a skilled litigator but also has the ability to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of her clients. She saves her clients time, money, and emotional distress through settlement negotiations.
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