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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Archives

No, FMLA does not include the death of a pet--for now

Sometimes, it is necessary for an employee to take time off to care for a relative who is ill or to mourn a deceased family member. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), workers can take unpaid time off to care for their family without fear of being fired. But what if an employee considers their pet--perhaps a dog or cat--to be a family member? In this case, is an employee allowed to use FMLA to care for their furry friend?

Contacting employees on FMLA leave: A primer for employers

According to federal law, employers cannot make their employees work during FMLA leave. Most HR departments are well aware of this. But there is one area that is not always so clear: When, if ever, is it acceptable for employers to contact their employees who are on FMLA leave?

Timing is key to FMLA and disciplinary action

On February 5, 2018, the Family and Medical Leave Act will celebrate its 25th birthday. It was nearly two and a half decades ago that then-President Clinton signed the bill into law, thereby protecting employees who required time off for family or medical reasons.

Can new dads take FMLA leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act stipulates that pregnant women and new mothers may take up to 12 weeks of leave from work. Taking some time off from work is often necessary for a mom-to-be to receive prenatal care or recover while she is incapacitated, or for a mother to care for her brand-new infant.

The impact of Hurricane Harvey on employers and employees

As the cleanup continues following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Texas residents are looking to get back to a sense of normalcy with their lives. Some want to get back to their daily routines. Others just want to get back to work.

Is federal paid parental leave in the offing?

President Donald Trump is proposing to spend $19 billion on paid parental leave over the next decade. While opposition by both sides of the aisle would suggest alliances in a time of great division, the disagreements are taking two forms. Republicans think that it goes too far while Democrats believe that it doesn't go far enough.

Did your employer terminate you for taking FMLA leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") is available to eligible employees who need to be absent from work due to their chronic or serious health condition or that of a close relative, the birth of a child or any medical condition that requires an absence of three consecutive days or more from work. Under the FMLA, an eligible employee may take up to 12 weeks leave per year. An employee must who has been on FMLA leave must generally be returned to the same or substantially similar job following FMLA leave.

Pregnant? Don't forget about FMLA leave

The birth of a child is one of the most exciting, frightening and joyous times in the lives of many Texas residents. Most working parents want to take as much time as they can after their children are born to be with them in the first weeks of their lives. Under FMLA, those parents could get their wish. 

Family Medical Leave Act violations should not go overlooked

Having medical issues can make it difficult for individuals to work. However, numerous Texas residents attempt to work through their suffering in order to hold down steady employment. While doing so, they may need time away from work in order to address their medical concerns, and in many cases, certain absences are covered under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. 

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