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When can I take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

Sometimes, unexpected issues can arise in your personal life that make it difficult or impossible to continue working for awhile. This could be a personal illness, an illness suffered by a parent or child, or another family emergency.

When you are dealing with such an issue, you may wonder whether you have the right to take unpaid leave from work without risking losing your job. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides workers with the opportunity to do just that under certain circumstances. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the FMLA.

How do I know if I will be eligible for FMLA leave?

First, you must make sure that you are working for an employer who is covered by the act. Your employer must employ a minimum of 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of your workplace. You must have worked for the company for a minimum of one year and have 1,250 hours or more worked in the year previous to the leave starting.

Can I take leave if I am adopting a child?

You are eligible for leave under the FMLA within the first 12 months after the initial adoption of the child. If the leave takes place intermittently, the employer has the right to approve it first.

Can I take leave if I have suffered domestic violence?

If you have suffered injuries due to domestic violence, you will be able to take FMLA leave in order to make a recovery.

If you want to know more about the many rules concerning FMLA leave, it is important to conduct further research.

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