The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and How It Protects You

With more and more people suffering from the stress and difficulty of trying to balance both work and family life, especially when personal problems arose, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed, providing employees who were qualified under the act with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the fear of job or health benefits loss. Employees are considered to be eligible for these benefits if their employer is a public agency, a private or public school, or employs at least 50 people, and if he or she has worked for that company for a year for at least 1,250 hours, and lives within 75 miles of the employer.

Those people that are qualified under the FMLA are able to take valuable time off work without worrying about losing their job or benefits if they are in one of the following situations:

  • Needs to take care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious medical condition, which is considered to be an illness, injury, or condition, either physical or mental, that requires care in a medical center or ongoing medical care from a health provider.
  • Needs to take care of him or herself due to developing a serious health problem.
  • Needs to care for a newborn child or a child that was recently placed under the employee’s care through adoption.

 

Sadly, many employers fail to treat their employees properly when they apply for or take leave under the FMLA. From unfairly disciplining an employee to firing him or her, our lawyers at the Hankey Law Office are prepared to help anyone in Indiana who has been mistreated by their employer when taking leave under the FMLA. Call us at (800) 520-3633 to find out how we can help you in this situation.