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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.

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Family Leave: Cases Won in Georgia

Balancing work and life is particularly difficult for employees who have a responsibility to take care of young children or elderly relatives. It isn’t always possible to take time off work for family leave to care for those who need us. If an employee is fortunate, their employer may provide policies that allow for this. However, this isn’t always the case.

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Sick and Fired: Medical Leave Does Not Always Protect Your Job

Being sick is the worst… except when being sick means you need to be away from work for an extended period. Then, that is the worst. Many employees worry about taking even one sick day, so the thought of taking a medical leave for weeks – or even months – can be terrifying. What if I lose my job? How will I manage without my benefits?

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Does A Georgia Employer Have To Provide Sick Leave To Employees?

Earlier this week, Jersey City, New Jersey Mayor Steven Fulop signed a city ordinance that requires employers to provide sick leave to their employees with sick time – paid sick time if the employer has 10 or more employees, unpaid sick time for smaller employees at smaller businesses.  You can read the full ordinance here.  Many people have asked why such an ordinance is necessary, assuming that the law already requires employers to allow employees limited time off work when they are sick.

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Can I Be Fired While On Medical Leave?

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One of the more common employment law questions people ask is: “Can I be fired while on medical leave?” The answer to this question is not a simple yes or no; a variety of circumstances have to be taken into account, so let’s try to unravel this a little bit.

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