The fact is that life is unpredictable. Couples have children, people are seriously injured in accidents and serious illnesses can happen without warning. Fortunately, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for Texas workers to take a certain amount of unpaid leave.
The problem is that many Texas employees are not sure what benefits they actually receive from FMLA. For example, an out-of-state man suffered from a debilitating depression and alcohol dependency. It was recommended that he enter into a rehabilitation program for 30 days. He applied for short-term disability in order to be able to attend the program. This application also served as a request for FMLA.