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Whether you are unwell or someone in your family needs health care, you may be wondering if you can utilize the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). So long as you work for a company that has 50 or more employees or if you are employed by a public agency, elementary, or secondary school, you are likely eligible for Family Medical Leave Act.

But what happens when your employer does not comply or you are wrongfully terminated for utilizing FMLA? Brown Kwon & Lam knows how difficult health emergencies can be. That’s why we fight for your New York employment rights.

Family Medical Leave Act Violations: What can I use FMLA for?

There are many nuances in employment law that make navigating the system difficult. Sometimes, your rights may have been violated and you don’t even realize it.

That’s why it’s important to know what you can use the Family Medical Leave Act for, and for how long.

If you are FMLA eligible, you can take up to 12 weeks of leave in any 12-month period for a variety of reasons including:

What do I have to tell my employer about my FMLA leave?

Obviously, you cannot leave your job without notifying your employer. Under the FMLA, you must provide appropriate notice to your employer prior to taking leave.

This is often 30 days advance notice if possible. However, if an emergency arises, you need to let the employer know as soon as possible. This includes following company policy for calling off, as well as providing enough information about the incident to ensure that it is covered under FMLA.

From there, your leave will be approved for FMLA leave, and if you know that you will need additional time off for medical treatments, therapies, etc., you must mention that in your request otherwise, your employer may not cover it under FMLA.

Though you do not have to tell your employer your exact diagnosis, or that of a family member, you do need to give enough information that can indicate coverage under FMLA.

Once your employer has approved your FMLA leave, you will be provided with information only about your eligibility, rights, responsibilities, and terms of employment upon return. You will also be notified of the following:

How to file FMLA Violations

If your employer does not comply with federal FMLA rights, you are entitled to file a FMLA violation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

To file a complaint, you will need to provide:

Remember, your employer cannot interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of FMLA rights, or retaliate against you for filing a complaint and cooperating with the Wage and Hour Division, or bringing a private action to the court. 

But if your employer does, know that Brown Kwon & Lam can help.

Family Medical Leave Act Violations: Brown Kwon & Lam

When medical events happen, you need to know that your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act are protected. But when your employer denies your rights or terminates you for using FMLA, you need a legal team to stand by your side. You need Brown Kwon & Lam. Contact the New York employee rights firm today.

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