The Family Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 as a way to allow employees time to take care of their own health and that of their families. The law permits employees to take up to 12 unpaid weeks off in any 12-month period. Accepted reasons to take time off include the birth and care of a new child, the placement of an adopted child, care for an immediate family member suffering from a serious health condition or care for self when facing a serious medical issue.
If an employer wrongly denies an employee time off for FMLA or refuses to give the employee their position back when they return to work, they are violating the law. If you have been the victim of a FMLA violation, contact an experienced Jacksonville, Florida FMLA attorney.
There are multiple ways employers try to hide their actions as being FMLA compliant even when they are not. If your employer has violated any clause of the FMLA, you have legal recourse. Speak with a Jacksonville FMLA lawyer if you have any questions about your employer's actions. For example, if you or your family member fell ill quickly and unexpectedly, you cannot be denied time off due to short notice, as the law states that the timeliness of the request be based on circumstances.
Additionally, the employer may not continually request clarifications from the employee's doctor at the employee's expense, but they may send the employee to a 2nd opinion doctor if they question the validity of the first doctor's decision and the employee has prohibited the employer's health care representative from contacting their doctor.
Upon returning to work, the employer cannot request a salaried employee to make up the work they missed and cannot reduce the wages of the employee.
If you have any questions about the Family Medical Leave Act or your employer's actions regarding the act, contact Jacksonville FMLA attorney Our office provides free initial consultations, so call today to speak with a skilled Jacksonville unemployment compensation attorney.