Fort Lauderdale Employment Discrimination Attorneys Seek Compensation for Your FMLA Claim
What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave per year and requires that employee health benefits be maintained during that leave. The FMLA also states that employees are entitled to return to the same positions they were in before they went on unpaid leave or to be provided with a substantially equivalent job.
Another facet of the FMLA is leave entitlements for military families. Eligible employees may take family and medical leave for reasons related to certain military deployments of their family members. In addition, they may take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave in a 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness.
What are some examples where FMLA allows time off?
Qualifying conditions vary, depending on the regulations and protocol of specific companies. Under the FMLA, a covered employer must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:
- To bond with a newborn child
- To bond with an adopted child or a foster child
- To provide care for an immediate family member, such as a spouse, child or parent (but not an in-law), with a serious health condition
- To take medical leave when the employee cannot work because of a serious health condition
- For a qualifying urgent need or demand arising from a family member’s military deployment, including active-duty and on-call military personnel
How do you file an FMLA claim?
If you have been denied leave or have been disciplined for using it, a qualified employment law attorney in Fort Lauderdale can assess your options and help you decide the best way to move forward. In most cases, you have two years from the incident to file a claim, but we strongly recommended that you file as soon as possible for better results. We may negotiate a settlement of your claim. If negotiations fail, we promptly move on to filing an administrative complaint with the Department of Labor and a lawsuit, if necessary.
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