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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) USA

Family and Medical Leave Act

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:

Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
  • the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).


For further information and how to apply for the FMLA visit: http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/

Note:
This is for US citizens only and is meant to protect your job if you or a loved one is sick and requires you to miss days from work for tests, appointments, surgery etc. It lasts for 12 weeks so you can go to work for a few days and then leave for a medical reason then come back to work if you're able and then go on leave again. It's unpaid leave so if you're able to work then you may want to consider working when you can.

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