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    Workplace Injury Rights: Family & Medical Leave Act

    Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible employees of covered employers are allowed to take unpaid leave from the workplace for certain family or medical-related reasons. The FMLA ensures that the jobs of eligible employees are not threatened when they take time off for important family events or medical treatments.

    Know Your Rights Under The Family And Medical Leave Act

    Unsure whether you or your employer are included within the Family And Medical Leave Act? Want to know more about your rights under the Act? Learn more below from Pennsylvania’s most distinguished workers’ compensation attorneys.

    Does My Employer Count Under The Family And Medical Leave Act?

    The US Department of Labor defines a covered employer as:

    • “Private-sector employer, with 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including a joint employer or successor in interest to a covered employer;
    • Public agency, including a local, state, or Federal government agency, regardless of the number of employees it employs; or
    • Public or private elementary or secondary school, regardless of the number of employees it employs.”

    To learn whether your employer is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act, we suggest contacting an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ comp lawyer. With accuracy and efficiency, an expert attorney will guide you through the rights and benefits to which you are entitled as an employee in Pennsylvania.

    Am I Eligible Under The Family And Medical Leave Act?

    An employee eligible for the benefits that the Family and Medical Leave Act affords is one who:

    • “Works for a covered employer [as described above];
    • Has worked for the employer for at least 12 months;
    • Has at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave; and
    • Works at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles.”

    Are you eligible for job-protected leave? To find out, call Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. Our expert lawyers can help you make the most of your legal rights.

    I’m Eligible Under The Family & Medical Leave Act. What Am I Entitled To?

    Eligible workers at covered employers may take “up to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

    • The birth of a son or daughter or placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care;
    • To care for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition;
    • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
    • For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status.”

    All information above is from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Family and Medical Leave Act Fact Sheet.

    Contact A Family And Medical Leave Act Lawyer Today

    If you are covered by the Family & Medical Leave Act, your employer is legally prohibited from threatening your job, reducing your pay, or cutting your hours when you take leave for a serious family or health-related reason.

    Don’t let a negligent employer take advantage of you. If you suspect that your employer has violated your rights under the Family & Medical Leave Act, or simply want to learn more about the protections afforded to you by the Act, contact Disability Law Advocates Group, P.C. today. Put our 30 years of workers’ comp law experience on your team, and start receiving the treatment you deserve. To schedule a consultation, call 215.563.0600 or complete our contact form.