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Am I entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The FMLA provides that large companies must allow their employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if they are seriously ill, are dealing with complications from a pregnancy, are new parents or are caring for a family member with a serious health problem. However, not all workers are entitled to this leave.

Some highlights concerning who is covered under the FMLA include:

  • The FMLA is aimed at businesses with 50 or more workers. Companies with over 15 employees must allow pregnancy disability leave.
  • You have to have been working for at least one year before the FLA applies to you.
  • A worker is eligible if he or she suffers from a serious health condition that means they can’t work; needs to care for a child, parent or spouse who is ill; is caring for a newborn or newly adopted child or new foster child; for prenatal care and pregnancy related illnesses or giving birth.

Learn more about who is covered under the FMLA here.