The Family Medical Leave Act protects workers for taking leave for illness for themselves and other family members. To qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act, your employer must have at least 50 employees and you must have been employed for at least a one year period. If you qualify, then you are entitled to a 12 week, unpaid leave for the illness of yourself or other certain family members. If you are not provided with this leave, discriminated against for taking the leave, or terminated when entitled to the leave, you may have a claim against your employer for violation of the Family Medical Leave Act.
The Family Medical Leave Act requires you to provide certain notices to your employer when the leave is foreseeable. If you are taking any such leave, be sure to keep your employer fully informed and provide them with the proper notices. Your employer should have forms that are required to be filled out. Make sure you properly provide your employer with notice and fill out the proper forms in order to ensure that you are protected under the rights of the Family Medical Leave Act.