Family Medical Leave Act
What Is The Family and Medical Leave Act?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer as much as 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to eligible employees who need time away from work to tend to family medical situations. These include:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
- The employee’s own serious health condition
Handling All Types Of FMLA Violations
If you have been denied taking extended time away from work for any of these reasons, or if you took time away from work and suffered discrimination as a result, Bauer Law Group in Gainesville, Tallahassee, Leon, Columbia, Bradford, Union, Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, and Putnam will help you defend your rights. Attorney Robert W. Bauer has practiced law since 2004 and has represented employees in a number of discrimination lawsuits.
We offer contingency fee arrangements. If we agree to represent you, you will not pay attorney fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
Who Qualifies For FMLA Benefits?
Not all workers qualify for FMLA benefits. Private sector businesses and nonprofit organizations with 50 or more employees must follow FMLA guidelines. All public sector workers are covered, whether they work for a local, state or federal entity.
In addition, employees must have worked for their employer for at least one year and logged 1,250 hours or more during the previous 12 months to be eligible. Under FMLA guidelines, a person may take a few hours away from work as needed or take up to 12 weeks in a single 12-month period.
Employees are assured of getting the same or equivalent position back upon returning from FMLA leave along with the same salary and benefits. An employer that discriminates against an employee for requesting or taking FMLA leave may be liable for financial penalties above and beyond any standard compensation.
FMLA guidelines also stipulate that an employer must continue to make health insurance benefits available to any employee for the duration of an FMLA leave.
Contact Bauer Law Group
If you have an FMLA dispute, it is important to put an experienced employment law attorney in your corner. Call (352) 306-0030 in the Gainesville Area, (850) 781-0040 in Tallahassee Area or email to schedule a consultation.
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