Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons, or for any “qualifying exigency” arising out of the fact that a covered military member is on active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty, in support of a contingency operation. The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 26 workweeks of job-protected leave in a “single 12-month period” in order to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness.
The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with or denying a qualifying employee FMLA leave to which he or she is entitled.
An employer is prohibited from retaliating against a qualifying employee who exercises his or her rights afforded under the FMLA.