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I Need to Take Medical Leave: What Should I Do?

It isn’t always easy to juggle work and family life. If you or a loved one need to request medical leave you and your employer must follow the provisions set forth in the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees who are eligible to take unpaid leave from work to care for their family members or to attend to their own medical needs. Only eligible employees are entitled to take this leave. Twelve workweeks of leave within a twelve month period are permitted for the following purposes: the birth of a child/care for a newborn within his or her first year, the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, to look after a spouse, child or parent who is suffering from a serious health problem, any health condition that negatively impacts an employee’s ability to perform his or her job, as well as any other qualifying health reason arising from military duty.


Laws about Sick Days

Federal Law sets the minimum requirements that each employer must meet regarding sick days. Currently, Federal Law does not require that employers provide paid sick leave for their employees. However, companies that meet certain criteria are required to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a Federal law that provides employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave for certain medical situations for either the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family.