Family Medical Leave Act


The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects individuals when they or someone that they love is faced with serious medical conditions or are in need of medical care. According to the FMLA, you are entitled to up to a total of 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for:

• The birth and care of your newborn child;

• The adoption of a child or taking in a child for foster care;

• The care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or

• A serious health condition that makes you unable to work.

To be eligible to take this time off, you must have worked for your employer for a minimum of 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period right before the leave. This comes out to an average of at least 24 hours a week in the 12 months before you take the leave.

The 12 weeks you take for your family and medical leave do not have to be consecutive. If it is possible to give your boss advance notice that you will need this time off, you must do so. Try to notify your boss 30 days before the leave or as far in advance as possible.

You should call our office or contact a lawyer in your state to learn more about your rights under the FMLA.