FMLA Turns 24 Today

FMLA Turns 24 Today

Today marks 24 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed, establishing a national unpaid leave law that allows working people to take time away from their jobs to address serious health conditions, welcome a new child, or care for a seriously ill loved one without fear of losing their jobs or health insurance coverage.

The FMLA applies to all employers with more than 50 employees, and places upon employers a duty to inform employees that they are entitled to take family and medical leave, as well as a duty to inquire as to whether an employee needs family or medical leave, if the employer suspects that he might.

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for taking leave under the FMLA. If you have been fired for taking FMLA leave (which includes maternity leave), or for becoming pregnant, you should consult with an attorney.

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