Alpharetta FMLA Lawyers Dedicated to Workers’ Rights
When you welcome a new child into your home, are facing an illness, or are uprooting your life when your spouse is deployed for military service, your focus needs to be on the well-being of your family. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), workers in Alpharetta and throughout Georgia can take the time needed to concentrate on their families and feel confident their jobs will be waiting when they return to work.
Under FMLA, you can receive up to 12 weeks unpaid leave within a 12-month period. As an employee of an Alpharetta company, you qualify if your employer has 50 or more employees in a 75-mile radius, you have worked for your company for at least one year, and have put in 1,250 hours over the past year. During your leave, you maintain eligibility for your benefits, and the FMLA likewise requires your employer to keep your position open or to offer you an equivalent position upon your return to work. With these stipulations, about 60 percent of American workers are eligible for FMLA.
FMLA is a federal law and allows employees in Alpharetta to take a temporary leave from work for the following family or medical reasons:
- Pregnancy complications
- Birth of a child
- The care of a recently placed child for adoption or foster care
- A serious health condition requiring continuing treatment or inpatient care
- The care of a parent, spouse or child with a serious health condition
- Any qualifying exigency that arises because a spouse, child or parent is a military member on covered active duty
- Up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a covered service member recovering from a serious injury or illness
While FMLA can be taken for emergency situations, federal regulations state you should give as much notice to your employer as possible so arrangements to cover your position during your absence can be made. Most importantly, you cannot be fired for requesting FMLA or for taking an eligible leave to care for yourself or your family.
If you live in Alpharetta and are denied FMLA, retaliated against for taking FMLA, or lose your job because of your temporary leave, contact the Alpharetta FMLA lawyers at Barrett & Farahany, LLP, an employment law firm. We can guide you through the complexities of the law and help secure the remedies you deserve. Contact our FMLA attorneys at 404-487-0902 for more information.