Helping You Get The Leave Of Absence To Which You Are Entitled
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permits a leave of absence for employees for many reasons, including a family member’s sudden illness, birth of a child, an immediate medical emergency and an adoption.
If your application for FMLA time off the job has been delayed or denied by your employer, or if you have been retaliated against at your workplace for requesting or taking leave, the law is on your side — and so are we. We are the employment law attorneys of Warren & Siurek, L.L.P., in Houston.
Since our founding in 1992, our lawyers have consistently achieved positive results with FMLA eligibility issues and disputes stemming from your employer’s resistance to grant the leave you deserve by law. Our practice focuses entirely on employment law.
Who Qualifies And What Is The Process For Requesting A Leave?
The FMLA was designed to protect hardworking employees like you from losing your job, your seniority or your benefits, should you need to take a leave of absence for certain covered contingencies such as:
- Inability to perform work due to a serious health condition, including pregnancy-related health conditions
- Care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition
- Birth of a child and leave following a birth
- Adoption or foster placement of a child
- Because of any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse or a son, daughter or parent of the employee is on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty) in the Armed Forces
Yes, Adoptive And Foster Parents Are Eligible, Too
Under provisions of the FMLA, workers are entitled to take a leave of absence when adopting a child or, in certain circumstances, taking in a foster child.
Generally, the FMLA provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period. If you qualify and have compiled unused FMLA leave time, your employer cannot deny you the leave or retaliate against you in any way for taking it. In some circumstances, leave may be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when medically necessary.
Contact us if your employer is making it difficult for you to take a leave under the FMLA.
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