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What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

Floridian residents like you work hard every day at your jobs. However, there are some unavoidable situations in which it becomes temporarily impossible for you to continue working. This is where the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, comes into play. But just what is this act?

Findlaw explains everything you need to know about the FMLA. Essentially, this act guarantees employees up to 12 unpaid working weeks of leave per year, with no threat to their position within the company. Additionally, you're still able to maintain your healthcare benefits during this period, even if you won't be paid.

What scenarios does the FMLA cover, then? As the name implies, this act primarily covers situations in which you would need to take extended leave either for medical reasons, or because you need to take care of other family members. The care can be for health problems, because of accidents, or due to issues within the family that require you to be present.

There are some restrictions to the FMLA. For example, you will need to have worked for an employee for 12 months before you take any leave. You need to have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during those 12 months. You also need to work at a place with a minimum of 50 employees, or if your job takes place within 75 miles of such a location.

If you have any more questions about the FMLA and how it relates to you, you may wish to speak with an attorney regarding your options. They can help you decide if relying on this act is your best option.

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