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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Archives

Who is able to take family and medical leave?

If you're expecting a child, have been struggling with an illness, or need to take care of a family member, you may be considering taking your family and medical leave from work. This typically provides you 12 weeks of leave, but only if you qualify.

How the Family and Medical Leave Act affects you

Thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act, some employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off. This time off also protects their job, so they can return to it when their time is over. During the time off, employers must maintain the worker's health benefits, too, so they won't miss out on those essential benefits if they are off for medical purposes.

You can be protected by whistleblower protection laws

If you blow the whistle on fraud or other issues in the workplace, are you protected? When you report a violation by your employer, you are protected by law. Your employer is not legally able to retaliate, and if he does, you're in a position to file a lawsuit.

What's the Family and Medical Leave Act?

If you or a loved one is suffering from a medical condition or if you're about to become a new parent, you may be considering taking time off work. Thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act, you may be able to take time off work and have your job protected while you do.

You may be eligible for unpaid time off with a leave of absense

If you or a loved one are hurt, something you may be able to use to your benefit is the Family and Medical Leave Act. This act is designed to give you up to 12 weeks off work or up to 26 weeks off work with no pay depending on the situation.

The challenge of parenthood when there's no paid leave

There are nearly 200 countries in the world today. The actual figure is subject to debate. Depending on the source you go with, the number ranges from 189 to 196. One thing that is not subject to debate is that when it comes to paid maternity leave, the United States is a distinct outlier.

Some ABCs of California's paid sick leave law

We highlighted in posts earlier this year that California now has a paid sick leave law on the books. The Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 took effect as of Jan. 1, though the rights it provides to employees don't begin to be available until July 1 of this year.

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