Many people have to temporarily leave work for a variety of reasons. This could be for a positive event, such as having a baby, or a not so great one, like taking care of a family member with a serious medical issue. The US government passed the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993 to help alleviate aspects of being absent for medical and family-related reasons. The law puts protections in place so that employees don’t have to worry about losing their jobs or health insurance when they’re away for an extended period of time.
There are a few key facts that everyone should know about the FMLA.
An Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act, US Dep’t of Labor,
Beth Laurence, “Short-term Disability Benefits Available From State Governments,” nolo.com, Aug.12, 2016