Family and Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a United States federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Qualified medical and family reasons include: personal or family illness, family military leave, pregnancy, and adoption. The Family and Medical Leave Act is administered by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is intended to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families. The Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to attend to the serious health condition of the employee, parent, spouse or child, or for pregnancy or care of a newborn child, or for adoption or foster care of a child. In order to be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have been at the business at least 12 months, and worked at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. The FMLA covers both public- and private-sector employees, but certain categories of employees are excluded, including elected officials and their personal staff members.

Call the attorneys at Freiman Law now for a free Family and Medical Leave consultation at  (310) 917-1024 or fill out the form to the right.

By Lawrence Freiman