The Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. It was written to address concerns that people who had to miss work for medical reasons might unfairly lose their jobs. Some states have their own versions of the FMLA that provide additional rights to workers, but Iowa simply enforces the federal act.
If you have to miss work due to an injury, the FMLA may determine whether or not you keep your job. It is very important for all workers to know their rights and responsibilities under this act. To learn more about your rights as a worker, call the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Requirements under the FMLA
The Act applies to all businesses with 50 or more employees. In order to qualify, you must have worked for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours within those months. The FMLA protects qualified employees who miss work due to:
- Illness or injury
- Caring for a sick child, parent, or spouse
- The birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child
Workers are entitled to miss up to 12 weeks of work, although they do not have to be paid during that time. This time can be taken consecutively or throughout the year. Upon returning to work, employees who have not gone over the maximum amount of time off are entitled to:
- Their previous position or an equivalent job
- Protection from any employer retaliation
- The same pay and benefits they earned previously
The Family and Medical Leave Act is closely related to compensation for injury and disability. If you are experiencing any challenges to your rights or fair compensation, an experienced Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyer can help.
The workers’ compensation attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the legal knowledge and aggressive tactics you need for success. Contact us today at 877-327-2600.