Sandy Springs Employment Attorney Focused on FMLA Law
Events such as a birth, adoption, military deployment, or illness can shake up a family’s dynamics. You need to be available to help your family adjust, or in the case of a serious injury or illness, to have the time needed to recover or help a loved one recover. If you must take leave from work for any of these situations, know that federal law may be on your side.
Workers in Sandy Springs who work for a company with 50 or more employees, have been employed with that company for at least one year, and have put in 1,250 hours are covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks unpaid leave from work within a 12-month period and to feel secure your job position will be open and available when you return. You cannot be fired for taking time off for FMLA.
Under federal law, FMLA allows workers in Sandy Springs and throughout Georgia to take temporary leaves for any of following situations or conditions:
- A serious health condition that requires continuing treatment or inpatient care
- The care of a parent, spouse or child with a serious health condition
- Pregnancy complications
- Birth of a child
- The care of a recently placed child for adoption or foster care
- Any qualifying exigency that arises because a spouse, child or parent is a military member on covered active duty
- Up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a covered service member recovering from a serious injury or illness
FMLA states that you must give as much notice as practicable, especially if it is in regards to an adoption or planned surgery, but you can just provide the time and duration of your leave to your employer. The more time you give, the more time the employer can accommodate your leave request. Under FMLA, you are not required to disclose your confidential medical information unless your employer requests it. The employer may also require you to supplement this information if you’re out for an extended period of time.
If you meet all the criteria for FMLA, but have been denied leave or lost your job because of leave, Barrett & Farahany, LLP, a Sandy Springs employment attorney, can help you protect your rights and secure the remedies to which you’re entitled. To learn more, contact one of our Sandy Springs lawyers at 404-487-0902.