If you work in the state of California and are dealing with medical or certain family-related issues, you may be entitled to a job-protected leave of absence. This job-protected leave of absence is guaranteed to qualifying employees of covered employers by the U.S. Department of Labor under The Family and Medical Leave Act. However, The FMLA has specific standards that workers must meet to qualify for a job-protected leave absence.
What are you entitled to?
The FMLA grants qualified employees of covered employers a job-protected, unpaid twelve-week leave of absence occurring in one, twelve-month period. Twenty-six workweek leaves of absence during a twelve-month time frame sometimes apply to employees with an injured spouse, child, parent or next of kin that is a covered military service member.
Do you qualify?
The birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child into your home all qualify you for a leave of absence. You are also entitled to a leave of absence to care for your newborn or newly placed child within one year of the birth or placement. If you or your spouse, child, or parent suffer from a serious health condition that requires care, you qualify. If you are the one with the condition that condition must prevent you from working for you to qualify. Don’t forget, The FMLA also covers those with a spouse, child or parent in the military, in need of care, on covered active duty. If you’re unsure if you qualify, an experienced lawyer may be able to help.
Figure out if you qualify
While FMLA standards are specific, those that qualify can enjoy a much-needed reprieve without the anxiety of losing their job. An experienced lawyer can help determine if you are eligible and, if necessary, assert your rights.