Missouri Employment Law Attorneys

Family and Medical Leave

Are you seeking employment leave in Missouri or Illinois?

Riggan Law Firm represents individuals whose rights have been violated under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees covered under FMLA are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for reasons related to family and medical needs. The United States Congress passed the FMLA in 1993 with the intention of helping employees create a healthy balance between work and family responsibilities. However, even after this law was enacted, some employers continued to penalize workers who exercised their rights under FMLA to take time off for their family.

Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:
  • Birth and care of the newborn child of an employee (including doctor visits and pregnancy complications prior to the birth)
  • Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care
  • Caring for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition
  • Medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition
  • Qualifying exigencies for which the employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on active duty or call to active status as a member of the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation

Where is FMLA in effect? FMLA applies to public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with at least 50 employees.

Even though family and medical leave is unpaid--unless the employer agrees otherwise--the employer must maintain the employee's benefits (e.g. medical benefits) during the leave.

An employee is eligible for FMLA leave if he or she has worked for the employer at least 12 months, at least 1250 hours over the past 12 months, and at a location where the company employs at least 50 employees within 75 miles.

Contact Riggan Law Firm

The regulatory rules and requirements under the FMLA are vast and often confusing. You may need an employment lawyer to advise you of your leave entitlements or other rights under the FMLA. If you have been terminated in violation of the FMLA, you may need legal counsel to represent you in a dispute.

If you need counsel to help you understand your rights, or if you believe your FMLA rights have been violated, you should contact Riggan Law Firm as soon as possible to retain a trusted Missouri employment law attorney.

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