Family Medical Leave

Prior to 1993, persons that had to take off work because of injury or illness, for themselves or a child or husband, had no legal recourse if they were terminated.  As a result Congress passed the Family & Medical Leave Act, which allows one to take off work up to twelve (12) weeks for their own serious illness or injury, or because of such an injury or illness to certain family members (i.e. child, husband, parent).  This time can be taken all at once or intermittently, (as dictated by the doctor’s requirements).  Thus, if one is out of work for less than twelve (12) weeks then that person’s employer cannot terminate or replace the person during this time period.  (Note: Employers with less that 50 employees within the 75 mile radius where the person is employed are exempt from these laws).

If you have a dispute relating to this workplace issue and you believe the situation would best be resolved through mediatoion, please contact us by email. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.