The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, provides eligible employees the right to take time off of work for certain reasons from covered employers. However, a Greenbelt employment lawyers‘ team will explain that which employees are eligible, for what purpose the leave is taken and which employers are covered are matters to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
To be considered a covered employee, a worker must have been employed by the employer for at least 12 months, although as a Greenbelt employment lawyers’ group emphasizes, the 12 months need not necessarily be consecutive. Additionally, the worker must have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months immediately preceding the leave. There is an exception for flight attendants and flight crews because of the way their work hours are calculated.
The specific reasons cited by a Greenbelt employment attorneys’ team that a covered employee may request leave include:
- The care of a new addition to the immediate family by way of birth, adoption or foster care placement;
- The care of a family member with a serious health condition;
- The care of the employee themselves for a serious health condition; and
- For reasons arising out of a family member’s call to active military duty.
Length of Leave
The FMLA gives covered employees the right to take 12 weeks off for any of the covered conditions in a 12-month period. The 12-week entitlement renews every 12 months. Additionally, there is an extended leave period of up to 26 weeks that is allowed for a covered employee to care for a family member who has been seriously injured while on active duty.
The federal government, state government, local government and all public schools are covered under the FMLA. Private companies are included under the FMLA if they have at least 50 employees on their payroll for at least 20 weeks of the current or previous year. This total includes part time as well as full-time employees.
Contact a Greenbelt Employment Attorneys’ Group for Legal Advice
If you have any questions as to your rights as an employee, call Boniface K. Cobbina, P.C. at 202-463-6900.