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How do employers calculate if I have more sick leave remaining?

The federal Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) act gives many employees the right to take unpaid time off without fear of losing their employment in the event that they become ill, a family member becomes ill, they or someone in their immediate family becomes pregnant, or a new baby or adopted child is coming into their family. Each person who can qualify for time off under the FMLA will need to satisfy other requirements as well, one of which is that they have not already taken 12 weeks of FMLA leave within a given calendar period.

What is 'retaliation' in the context of an employment law claim?

In the employment law field, "retaliation" generally refers to an adverse action by an employer to punish an employee for lawful actions. The retaliation is often committed against an employee who exercises their legal rights. Courts tend to interpret retaliation as a highly unlawful action that ultimately serves to frighten employees into "putting up with" or "enduring" an employer's wanton disrespect for their rights.

How do I file a Family and Medical Leave Act complaint?

Federal law may protect your job in the event of a family or medical emergency that requires you to take time off. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects certain workers who work for large companies, as it allows workers to take unpaid leave in the event that they or their family members have a medical situation that needs to be dealt with.

Can an employer terminate me while I'm on FMLA leave?

Your employer cannot terminate you for exercising your right to take a Family Medical Leave Act sabbatical. In other words, if you become pregnant or sick -- or if your spouse or family member becomes pregnant or sick or you adopt a baby into your home -- you can take some unpaid time off work without fear of losing your job.

Requirements for military caregivers to receive leave

If you qualify as a military caregiver to a covered service member, then you may have the ability to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to provide care to your loved one. In general, this means that the individual receiving care is your parent, spouse, child or that you are their legal next of kin.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Do you have all the facts?

It's nice to have a job where you get a week (or several) of paid vacation from your California employer. You probably look forward to those days each year, perhaps making plans to travel or spend time enjoying other special activities with your family. Having time away from everyday work stress can help rejuvenate your spirit and give you renewed energy to tackle all the tasks that will likely be waiting for you upon your return.

Family and Medical Leave Act: Son or daughter definition

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has specific protections for workers who meet the criteria for the unpaid leave. One of the provisions that is in this act is that the employee can take off work to care for a son or daughter. This can occur due to the birth, adoption or placement of a foster child in the home.

Were you fired because you were pregnant?

After excitedly telling your family and friends that you were expecting a baby, you were looking forward to sharing your good news at work. You decided the first person you'd tell would be your boss; however, after doing so, you didn't quite get the reaction you'd expected. In fact, as you think back on it, instead of expressing joy or congratulations, he or she appeared somewhat irritated. You hoped it was just surprise because your news caught him or her off guard.

Am I eligible for FMLA leave in California?

If you have never heard of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) this federal provision allows employees 12 weeks unpaid leave in which to care for a family member or themselves after a serious accident or the diagnosis of a medical condition, among other things.

Caregivers get little respect in the workplace

At the end of the day, when you think about all the things that are most important to you, the ones that rise to the top are likely your family and your friends. Those closest to you make your life worthwhile. You may wish you could devote all your time to caring for them, but, of course, you have to work each day.

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