Sick Time And The Family And Medical Leave Act
If you have sick time, you can use it for a many reasons. However, your employer can require you to provide proof that you are using the leave time for a covered purpose. These purposes may include:
- Care for your (or a family member’s) injuries or condition, including mental or physical illness
- Maternity/paternity leave
- Preventative care for yourself or a family member
- Services for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees certain employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year. Your employer must maintain your health insurance during this time. FMLA only applies to employers with at least 50 employees for 20 weeks a year. To be eligible, you must have worked for the company for at least a year. It is against the law to punish an employee for seeking medical leave.
Call a Lawyer if Your Employer Illegally Denied Your Medical Leave
If your company meets the criteria discussed above and they denied your leave, you can file a legal claim against them. A claim allows you to receive pay for the employer’s illegal actions and hold them accountable for their actions.