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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Ohio

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Lawyers Columbus, Ohio

 What does the FMLA provide?

It provides employees up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave per year and requires any group health benefits be maintained during that period of leave, as if the employee continued to work. Employees are entitled to return to their position or an equivalent position upon return from leave.

 To whom does FMLA apply?

Public agencies, including state and federal government and local education agencies. Private employers, who employed 50 or more employees within 75 miles, for at least 20 weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.

 Am I eligible for FMLA?

If you work for a covered employer and have worked at least 12 months and worked in excess of 1,250 hours in the previous 12 month period, yes.  If you have questions about your eligibility for FMLA, contact a Columbus FMLA attorney.  Two types of FMLA leave are available.

 What types of leave are covered under FMLA?

  • Caring for a spouse or child with a serious medical condition
  • Pregnancy (both mother and father are eligible for leave)
  • Your own serious health condition, if you are unable to perform the functions of your job

 Is my employer required to pay me if I take FMLA leave?

No. But you will continue to receive health benefits you were already receiving, as if you never took leave. Your employer can force you to use vacation time, paid leave time, or sick leave for all or some of the FMLA period.  This article addresses what happens if you use all of your FMLA leave.

 What is intermittent FMLA leave?

Intermittent leave is time off from work in separate blocks of time, on an occasional basis, for things like attending appointments, receiving chemotherapy, recovery, etc. Your doctor must certify that you need intermittent leave and provide that information to your employer. You can also qualify for intermittent leave if your (or your family member’s) health condition is unpredictable or occasional and you may be required to take a full day off from work.