The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was put into effect to support employees in times of family or personal difficulty so that they could help their families during serious situations.
This law allows employees to request a leave for up to 12 weeks in a period of one year to be absent and take care of some family matters without receiving their salary but maintaining their job. The employer must grant the permit if the worker meets the following requirements:
- Have been employed by the company where you work for at least 12 months.
- Have worked at least 1250 hours during a period of one year.
- Comply with the requirements before the start of your leave period and not when submitting your application.
By complying with these requirements, the worker will be able to take the necessary period of absence without putting his job stability at risk. The family or personal situations that are considered for this program are pregnancies, the adoption of a new child, the birth and care of your baby, caring for a direct relative such as a spouse, children or parents who suffer from a serious illness, and even taking care of yourself themselves in case of illness. For example, suppose the worker has been diagnosed with a disease that prevents him from normally carrying out his work activities. In that case, he can make use of this program.
Currently, several states, including California, have decided to broaden the definition of the word family. With this extension, employees could request this leave if a close relative such as a grandparent, brother, or father-in-law is ill and requires special care and attention.
As you can see, this law provides workers with an opportunity to be present during difficult times for their families. It allows them to create a harmonious balance between their professional and personal lives. In addition, in case they are the ones who are sick, it provides them with relief knowing that they will be able to take care of their health without risking their job stability.
If your right to take a period of leave to care for your family or yourself is not being respected, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you.