FMLA, short for the Family and Medical Leave Act is a United States labour law launched by Clint Administration in 1993. It involves the protection of employee jobs with unpaid leave rights.
Employees who can present a reasonable and eligible reason to leave their jobs can benefit FMLA every year. Employees who can benefit this act can leave their job for 12 weeks each year with no payment during this time.
There are so many FAQs on FMLA, most of these questions are related to the possibility of losing a job or proving the medical status of a family member. Let’s take a look at the most common problems that people encounter when qualifying for this act:
Would my employer fire me if I take FMLA leave?
This is the main reason for FMLA to exist in the first place. Your rights are under the protection of this law. If you were able to benefit this law, you can go back to your work when the 12 -weeks of leave time is finished. Employers can’t make negative decisions on promotions etc because of an FMLA leave taken in the past.
Can my employer refuse my FMLA leave request?
If the employer is a member of FMLA act, there is no way for him/her to refuse your request unless you have exhausted your 12 weeks of leave right for the year before that time.
Will my employer pay me during FMLA Leave?
You won’t be paid any kind of money or service ( except for the medical insurance ) during your FMLA leave.
My employer does not believe that I’m sick, What do I do?
You need to prove your medical status with proper certification from your doctor. You don’t have to present your medical history to your employer.
Can my FMLA leave time be interrupted by my employer?
This may happen because of one condition. If you fail to prove your health condition which is the main reason for your FMLA leave, your employer can end your 12 weeks of resting time in an early time.