Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), qualified employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for their own medical needs or those of certain family members, such as a parent, child, or spouse. Reasons for the leave may include ongoing health issues like pregnancy, surgery, doctor’s appointments, or even emergency medical events. Employers often ignore their obligations with respect to the FMLA by failing to notify employees of the availability of FMLA leave or their rights. Many people, including employers, are unaware that the 12 weeks may be taken intermittently in increments of minutes, days, or weeks as opposed to all at once, so the time off can also help people suffering from ongoing serious health conditions, like cancer, migraines or asthma. At The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC, we can help you protect these rights so that you have the time to care for yourself or your family members.
Does the FMLA Apply to My Employer?
The FMLA applies to companies with 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius of your job site, so rapidly growing and changing companies are often not familiar with how federal law affects them and their employees. In fact, many employers do not know that they are breaking the law when they discipline employees for missing work or otherwise interfere with an employee’s taking of leave that should be covered by the FMLA.
Federal law protects your right to miss work for a variety of medical reasons. If you have been fired, denied time off, or wrongly disciplined, you may be able to take legal action. At The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC, we can help employees bring FMLA claims against their employers. We make sure that your rights are protected. Contact us at 317-743-0614 for a free case evaluation with an FMLA attorney.