March 17, 2017

Help with The Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that protects the rights of employees to take unpaid leave for family or medical reasons. If the employer has at least 50 employees and the employee gives notice, the law requires the employer to comply. At the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, law firm, The Employment Rights Group, our lawyers assist employees who have been denied leave or have been retaliated against because of their use of the provisions of FMLA. Contact an attorney to learn how we can help. Call toll free at 888-357-0380.

Provisions of FMLA

The law allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical and family reasons, including these:

  • Illness or injury that keeps the person from working for more than three days

  • Birth or adoption of a child

  • Illness of a spouse, child or parent that requires the employee to care for them

  • Pregnancy

Upon return from leave, the employee must be returned to his or her previous job or to one that is equal in pay and benefits to the position held before going on leave.

Common Violations of FMLA

Our lawyers help employees whose rights to FMLA have been denied. Our cases have involved situations such as these:

  • Termination because an employee exercised the right to FMLA leave

  • Retaliation because an employee used FMLA benefits

  • Denial of FMLA requests for illegal reasons

  • Response to FMLA leave requests that states that an employee's medical condition was not serious enough to warrant leave

  • Rescinded or withdrawn leave after previous approval without just cause

  • Requirement that an employee obtain multiple statements or clarifications from the treating physician

  • Disciplinary action taken against an employee for using FMLA benefits

  • Request that an employee return to work when employee is incapacitated

How a Lawyer Can Help

We advise clients about addressing their situations themselves. Our attorneys also help by educating employers about the law and its application. We write letters and make phone calls to intervene on behalf of employees whose right to FMLA has been wrongfully denied. If this does not provide relief for the client, we institute legal action. We always try the least expensive and least time-consuming approach first.

Contact a Pittsburgh Attorney

To learn how a lawyer can help resolve a problem involving FMLA, contact The Employment Rights Group. Call us toll free at 888-357-0380.

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