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Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. Can Help Enforce the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) allows eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons – without losing their job or group health insurance coverage. Unfortunately, employers do not always adhere to the FMLA, which can lead to wrongful termination lawsuits and other employment law issues.

If your employer violates the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, do not hesitate to contact a Marietta FMLA attorney at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. With more than 150 years of combined professional experience, we can help you take the time you need and recover damages to account for your employment-related losses.

To learn more about your rights and legal options, please call us at (770) 629-0154 to schedule a free initial consultation.

What Are Eligible Employees Entitled to Under the FMLA?

Under the FMLA, eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave to care for or bond with a newborn or newly adopted child. Each year, eligible employees may also take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for an immediate family member (i.e., a spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition OR take medical leave when they cannot work due to a serious health condition.

The spouses, children, parents, or next of kin of servicemembers may also take up to 26 workweeks of leave per year to care for a servicemember with a serious injury or illness. This is called military caregiver leave.

If your employer refuses to give you unpaid time off to have a baby, adopt a child, spend time with your newborn, or care for yourself or your immediate family member, you may need to speak to an FMLA lawyer in Marietta, GA.

Which Employers Are Covered by the FMLA?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.”

Your employer is likely covered by the FMLA. If you have an employment contract, you may even be entitled to paid family and medical leave.

Always discuss leave issues with a qualified attorney.

Who Is Eligible for Leave Under the FMLA?

Not every employee is eligible for leave under the FMLA. To take unpaid leave under the FMLA, you must:

  • Have worked for your employer for at least 12 months
  • Worked for at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months
  • Work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles

Special rules apply to military families, teachers, and federal employees, so if you are unsure of your eligibility for leave, speak to an FMLA lawyer near you.

What Happens if My Employer Does Not Grant Leave?

If you ask your employer for leave, they are responsible for notifying you of your rights and eligibility under the FMLA or explaining why you are ineligible for leave.

Should your employer fail to grant the appropriate leave under the FMLA, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division or bring a private lawsuit against your employer.

DOL complaints do not always move as quickly as needed, which can be challenging when you need time off and health insurance coverage immediately.

Often, employees face FMLA issues when they try to come back from leave and find out they have been fired or replaced.

If you have any FMLA-related legal problems, keep in mind that talking to an attorney at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. is free (for your initial case consultation). We will evaluate your case to see if we can help and offer big-city experience at small-town prices.

Our team is dedicated to your best results. Call us at (770) 629-0154 or send us a message onlineto get the legal help you need today.

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