The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a right for workers to be able to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks with no risk to their job security. FMLA leave is only available in certain circumstances, however.
This blog will give a brief overview on what reasons are valid in order to take FMLA leave.
If medical complications arise during pregnancy, it may be necessary to take time off from work. The doctor may place you on bed rest, and this is a valid reason to take FMLA leave. This may need to be proven to your employer through a medical certification.
Parental leave after a child's birth
A mother has a right to take unpaid leave in order to care for her newborn child. A father also has the right to use FMLA leave to care for his spouse after childbirth, or to care for his newborn baby. Parental leave can also be used intermittently by splitting up the 12 weeks throughout the first year of the child's life.
Caring for a family member
An employee can request leave if his or her family member has an illness that requires him or her to be cared for. Current regulations by the FMLA only qualify spouses, children or parents as family members, however.
Your own serious health condition
If you have been suffering from a serious health condition, and you have experienced a "period of incapacity" for more than three consecutive days, you may be able to take leave under the FMLA.
If you have any questions about FMLA claims, an experienced employment attorney can provide information on how you can file or appeal a claim.
Source: Findlaw, "Reasons that qualify for FMLA leave," accessed Aug. 01, 2017