Sometimes, life happens, and our only option is to take time off from work to handle personal matters. Luckily, New Jersey has mandated a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows an individual to take time off of work to handle family or personal issues, with their job still reserved for them when they get back. If you have questions concerning the FMLA, it is in your best interest to speak with our skilled New Jersey employment law attorneys today. Continue reading to learn more about the FMLA in New Jersey.
What is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in New Jersey?
The FMLA is a federally mandated act that gives certain employees the right to take off from work to deal with a situation without losing their employment or facing retaliation. The FMLA is unpaid leave, however, it guarantees employees that they can return to their position after a certain amount of time has elapsed. With that being said, in New Jersey, qualifying employees can also be entitled to the New Jersey Family Leave Act provides employees with the option to be able to take time off for medical or family reasons, and in some instances, this leave can be paid.
How do I qualify for FMLA?
There are certain situations that may merit FMLA leave. Some of the situations include having a child, caring for a family member with a severe health condition, developing a serious medical condition yourself, and many more. In New Jersey, companies that have over 50 employees for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous year are required to provide some of their employees with FMLA leave. If you have worked for a company for at least one year with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius and worked at least 1,250 hours in the previous year, you should qualify for FMLA leave. If you were denied this leave, you should speak with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible.
How long does the FMLA leave protect me in New Jersey?
If you are a qualifying New Jersey employee, FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of leave in a 12 month period, and this leave resets within the next 12 month period. In some cases, if you are caring for a military service member in your family, you may take up to 26 weeks of leave. It is also important to note that you should keep your health insurance throughout the duration of your leave, even though your leave is unpaid.
If you have questions or concerns regarding FMLA leave, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our dedicated attorneys. At Vigilante Law Firm, P.C., we are fully equipped to handle your employment law matters.
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