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How much leave can I take from work under the FMLA?

Many workers throughout the country qualify for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). However, they do not have a solid grasp on how these benefits might help or when an employee might properly use them.

Unfortunately, even some workers who do qualify for benefits face difficulty fully using them because of conflicts with their employer. If you need help defending your rights under the FMLA, or simply need to clarify your eligibility to claim FMLA benefits, don't hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. An employment law attorney can help you assess your circumstances and protect your rights as you explore your benefits.

In broad terms, a person may take leave from a job for up to 12 workweeks within one 12 month period, if they use the leave to

  • Provide care for a spouse, parent, or child suffering from a serious medical condition
  • Give birth to a child.
  • Receive a child for adoption or foster care placement.
  • Seek treatment for a serious medical condition that affects job performance.

An employee may also use this time to deal with issues involving the military. FMLA benefits apply to many circumstances that arise from the military service of an employee's spouse, parent or child. Furthermore, employees who seek leave from work to provide care for a covered service member may qualify for up to 26 workweeks of time off within a 12-month period under the FMLA.

If you have a dispute concerning FMLA benefits, don't wait to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help guide you to strong solutions to this issue. Professional legal counsel offers personal insight into your circumstances while helping you protect your rights as you pursue fair resolution to your FMLA benefits conflict.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, "Fact Sheet #28: The Family and Medical Leave Act," accessed Nov. 03, 2017

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