FMLA, or the Family and Medical Leave Act, was enacted in 1993 to protect the jobs of individuals who needed to take a leave of absence due to medical issues. It remains a vital element of employment law.
Tobin, O’Connor and Ewing have extensive experience representing individuals and businesses on FMLA cases, and they have won compensation for many workers in the Washington, DC Metro area.
Five Important Facts about FMLA
- The FMLA stipulates that anyone who requests medical leave for covered conditions will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, after which that person’s job is guaranteed upon their return to work.
- The FMLA applies to United States public agencies, schools and private employers with over 50 full-time employees, defined as having worked over 20 workweeks in the present or preceding calendar year.
- Eligible employees must have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and have logged at least 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months.
- Medical situations covered by FMLA include pregnancy and birth, placement of children with adoption or foster care, care taking for family members with serious health conditions, inability to work due to serious health conditions, or exigencies resulting from family members in the National Guard or Reserves being called to active duty. Serious health conditions are defined as illnesses, impairments or injuries that require inpatient medical care or result in significant periods of incapacity.
- The FMLA was amended in 2008 to provide for the families of military personnel. Family members who care for injured service members will be entitled to up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in addition to the 12 weeks provided by the FMLA.
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