Atlanta FMLA Attorney
Certain employees are entitled to unpaid time off from work to care for sick family members, to care for newborn children, and to care for themselves if they are seriously injured or sick. The Family and Medical Leave Act applies to all public and private secondary schools, as well as all employers with 50 or more employees. If you have been denied the benefits and job security under the FMLA, Atlanta FMLA attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC will defend your rights. Christine Forsythe has vast experience when it comes to federal law through her work with the American Bar Association, and is confident in her ability to win your case.
What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?
Employees who work for an employer with 50 or more employees, as well as all public and private secondary school employees, are covered for unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. During this unpaid leave of absence, they are entitled to the continuation of their group health insurance under the same terms and conditions that they had before the leave. When their allocated leave time is up or when they choose to return to work early, their employer must reinstate them at their former position without reduced hours, wages, benefits, or other desirable job duties.
What The Family and Medical Leave Provides
Employees are entitled to FMLA job protection, group medical insurance if they had it at work, and unpaid leave of up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period in the following circumstances:
- The birth of a child within one year of birth
- To care for a newborn child within one year of birth (fathers are also eligible)
- The placement of an adopted child or foster care child within one year of placement
- To care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
- If they have a serious health condition that renders the employee unable to perform the essential functions of their job
- Certain covered exigencies arising from the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty
An employee is entitled to FMLA benefits and security for 26 workweeks during a single 12-month period in order to provide care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness (if the servicemember is a spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin).
Reasonable Break Time for Mothers
The FMLA also provides breast pumping time for new mothers with nursing children up to one year old. Under the FMLA, employers must provide a private space other than the bathroom for mothers to express milk, shielded from view of others.
Call an Atlanta FMLA Attorney Today
Employers bound by the regulations under the FMLA are prohibited from firing, reducing wages, reducing hours or benefits, harassing, or otherwise interfering with or retaliating against an employee who wishes to take unpaid time off work under the FMLA. Atlanta FMLA attorney Christine Forsythe at The Forsythe Law Firm, LLC represents employees who have been fired or punished by their employer for using FMLA time off. She also assists employers who have been accused as such. For experienced legal guidance, call 404.476.2717 to schedule a consultation today.