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Until relatively recently workers frequently struggled to choose between things such as staying home after the birth of a baby or caring for a sick family member and keeping their jobs because employers were not required to allow employees time off for medical emergencies. Fortunately, the Family and Medical Leave Act changed all of that. […]

No matter how responsible and dedicated you may be to your job, medical and family emergencies do come up from time to time and may cause you to miss work. Fortunately, in the United States, the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, may allow you to take the time off work you need without […]

To the rest of the world, America is often viewed as a “work, work, work” society… While it is true that Americans tend to work long hours and that employers have not historically been very “family friendly,” those attitudes are starting to change. In addition, the law is starting to see the benefit of requiring […]

If you are currently working and are pregnant you are likely trying to figure out how to balance the two. One question that many pregnant employees have is “ How much leave am I entitled to for being pregnant? ” Leave time related to a pregnancy can become a complicated issue that is best discussed […]

Few people have the luxury of working simply because they want to do so. Most people work to support themselves and/or their family. If you are one of these people, your job is important to you and your family’s financial stability. Family emergencies or family related health issues do come up, however, from time to […]

Sometimes an employee faces a family emergency or medical crisis that requires the employee to take more than a day or two off of work. Prior to the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, an employee risked losing his or her job by asking for an extended leave.  Fortunately, the FMLA […]

Prior to passage of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, workers in the United States were frequently faced with the very real possibility of losing their job and/or job related benefits when faced with a family or medical crisis. Fortunately, that concern has been eliminated for workers who are eligible to take […]

It is every expectant parent’s worst nightmare – giving birth to a child who has health problems from the moment of birth or shortly thereafter. No parent can concentrate on their job when they have sick newborn. Of course, worrying that you will lose your job because you are caring for a sick newborn adds […]

The Family and Medical Leave Acts is a federal law that protects covered workers when they need to take time off work for an eligible family or medical emergency. Prior to the enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, workers typically risked the loss of their job when an emergency required the […]

Workers in the United States enjoy the benefits provided to them by a number of state and federal laws aimed at ensuring that employers treat employees fairly and that the workplace is free of discrimination and other unwanted conduct. One (relatively) recent addition to the benefits many employees have is the right to take unpaid […]