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Checklist: Are you eligible for FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a critical program for workers all across Fort Lauderdale. Essentially, it ensures that an employee can take time off of work for certain life events without having to fear that his or her job will be given to someone else. 

In order to determine if you are likely eligible for FMLA leave and the protection it provides, you will want to make sure you review the following list to ensure you meet the necessary requirements.

  • Have you worked at your job for at least 1,250 hours in the last 12 months?
  • Do you work for a public agency or a private employer with at least 50 employees?
  • Is the reason for your leave related to the birth or adoption of a child?
  • Is the reason for your leave related to health problems of yours or an immediate family member?
  • Can you provide medical certification of the health condition prompting the leave?
  • Can you give your employer enough information about your situation to allow him or her to make a reasonable decision about approving a leave request?
  • Do you understand that your FMLA leave will be unpaid?

If you can answer yes to all or most of these questions, you will very likely be eligible for FMLA leave.

It is critical to note here that there are exceptions to these rules, so it is important to consult your employer, Human Resources representative and/or an employment law attorney with specific questions or concerns regarding the rights afforded under the FMLA.

Before you assume you can or cannot take job-protected leave for specified reasons, it can be critical that you examine your legal options with an attorney. There are times when leave requests are wrongfully denied or when an employee faces unlawful consequences of taking FMLA leave, so knowing your rights will be essential.

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