Outside of perhaps a pregnancy, you cannot anticipate experiencing health issues that require you to involve yourself in extensive recuperative therapy (either your own or that of a family member). If and when such a need arises, your immediate fear will likely be what the impact might be on your career.
You may understand your employer's reluctance to see you leave your job for an extended period of time. Many come to us here at Manfred, APC fearing that reluctance will prompt their employers to fire them. You may share the same concern, yet not to worry; federal regulations offer you all certain employment protections.
Situations covered under FMLA
The Family and Medical Leave Act mandates that you be able to take time away from work for treatment for (and to recover from) medical conditions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, FMLA-covered situations include:
- Giving birth and caring for a newborn
- Helping a newly adopted child acclimate to their new situation
- Receiving care for a medical condition that impacts your on-the-job performance
- Caring for an immediate family member suffering from a serious medical condition
- Helping prepare an immediate family member for a pending deployment through the U.S. National Guard or Reserves
In each of the aforementioned scenarios, the allows you 12 weeks away from work during a 12-month period. That mandated time away extends to 26 weeks to care for an immediate family member that is a covered military servicemember
Employment protections during FMLA leave
Your employers must return you to your same position (or one with similar responsibilities, reimbursement and benefits) upon your return from FMLA leave. If it does not (and other coworkers also encounter difficulties due to medical leave), you may have cause for a class action. You can learn more about your rights under FMLA by continuing to explore our site.