The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") prohibits an employer from terminating an employee who exercise their rights under the FMLA. The FMLA allows a qualified employee (meaning an employee who works for an employer that has 50 or more employees within 75 miles of his or her site of employment; he or she has been employed with the employer for twelve months before the start of the leave; and he or she has worked 1250 or more hours within the twelve months prior to the start of the leave) 12 weeks of protected unpaid leave in any 12 month period for a serious health condition, the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member-see http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/

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