What is the Family & Medical Leave Act of 1993, and How Can It Benefit Me?While the Family & Medical Leave Act is not intended to benefit employees as such, it does offer protection from being denied leave when a family illness or emergency occurs. Under the terms laid out by the Act, employees and service members can attend to family births, serious medical conditions, or care for service members who have been severely injured, without fear of reprisal from their employer. Although you are entitled to this leave, you should be aware that your employer is within their rights to request proof. However, what they are not permitted to do is fire you or terminate your employment, as happens all too often in Torrance and elsewhere in California. When you have been unfairly treated by your employer following a family incident qualifying you for protection under the Family & Medical Leave Act, a Torrance attorney could use their legal prowess to fight for your rights, and the financial compensation you deserve. The Department of Labor may also move to enforce sweeping reform upon an employer who is found to violate any section of the FMLA.
Under the Family & Medical Leave Act, you are entitled to:
- Return to work at the same wage, with the same title, and without any form of harassment or retaliation
- Intermittent absences from work, as long as this does not interfere with your employer’s normal business operations, and has been deemed prudent to your personal circumstances
- Give reasonable notice without jeopardizing your position
- Take time away from work to care for family members who are injured military personnel. 26 weeks’ unpaid leave are allowed in this situation, with vacation time potentially added to this