Family Medical Leave Act

Cases Under the Family & Medical Leave Act

When family issues arise, or your health is at stake, you are protected as an employee under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA was designed with the intention of helping employees balance work and family responsibilities in times of change or distress.

When are Employees Covered?

Under the FMLA, once an employee has worked at least 1,250 hours for an employer, they are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid time off per year for family and medical reasons. These reasons include:

  • The birth and care of a newborn child of the employee.
  • The adoption or foster care placement of a child with the employee.
  • The care of an employee’s family member or spouse with a serious health problem.
  • The care of an employee if unable to work due to a serious health complication.

When Must Employers Comply?

As an employer, you must comply with the rules set down by the FMLA, but only if you meet certain requirements. Employers who are covered under the FMLA include:

  • Private-sector employers who have more than 50 employees working for them.
  • All public agencies, such as state, local or Federal agencies.
  • Public and private elementary and secondary schools.

When’s the Right Time to Talk to an Attorney?

Our attorneys handle any disputes that arise between employees and employers, and make sure an employee’s rights are being met, as is required by the FMLA. You may get in touch with any of our attorneys if your employers have:

  • Discouraged taking any time off.
  • Required you to provide too much notice.
  • Not properly tracked the time you have worked.

Additionally, your rights may be violated after taking unpaid time off. In cases like these, our attorneys can navigate requirements under law, and ensure you are brought back to your job with no change to agreed payment and benefits. Consider contacting one of our attorneys if:

  • Your employer delays you coming back to work.
  • Your employer insists on demoting or changing your position.
  • You don’t get your benefits back on your return.
  • You are disciplined in any way for your leave of absence.

Get Protected by Our Peoria, Illinois Lawyers

Our attorneys handle cases involving the FMLA, as well as other employee-related suits throughout the state of Illinois. Primarily, we are based in Central Illinois, out of Peoria, Eureka, Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin, Springfield, Rock Island and the surrounding areas. Contact Benassi & Benassi today. We are dedicated to resolving your legal disputes and ensuring you can live your life happy and healthy.