The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in Pittsburgh provides eligible employees throughout the city with unpaid leave and job reinstatement. Of course, you must have a qualified reason, but FMLA lays out the standards in the act. Pittsburgh FMLA supports the national law on a state and city level to protect Pittsburgh workers.
FMLA Pittsburgh Requirements
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the nation, FMLA standardized the employer and employee requirements for unpaid leave in light of family or medical circumstances. Pittsburgh employers with 50 or more employees for 20 weeks in the previous or current calendar year must comply to FMLA. As an employee, are you eligible for FMLA?
The following are FMLA employee requirements.
- 50+ employees at workplace
- a year or more at this company
- 1,250 worked hours in a year
FMLA Reasons For Unpaid Leave
The purpose of FMLA in Pittsburgh is to provide aid for employees who have family situations or health issues that he or she must handle. Every situation is different. However, Pittsburgh FMLA lists particular situations that are covered by the law.
As a Pittsburgh employee, FMLA leave is available to you if you meet the law’s requirements and are experiencing one of the below situations.
- caregiving for a family member who suffered injury during active duty
- new child bonding, whether biological, fostered, or adopted
- handling qualifying exigencies from a family member’s military service
- caring for a family member with a serious illness or health condition
- recuperating from a personal health problem
How Much Unpaid Leave Is Available?
Twelve weeks of unpaid leave for eligible employees is provided by FMLA Pittsburgh. Granted, when this unpaid leave has been used, it does not renew until 12 months of work have been completed. However, in the exception of an employee with a family member who has suffered injury on active duty, that employee can receive up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave.
Do I Get My Job Back?
FMLA promises that at the end of the period of unpaid leave the employee must be reinstated to either the same job or an equivalent job. If you have questions about your rights in Pittsburgh with FMLA, feel free to give us a call.
FMLA: What Is A Serious Health Condition?
FMLA records that a serious health conditions is considered an illness, impairment, condition, or injury, which requires hospital care or treatment. The complexity of FMLA provides for American workers who find themselves in trying circumstances; however, sometimes it’s difficult to understand whether or not you and your situation are eligible for FMLA coverage.
The Family and Medical Leave Act creates a structure for determining a serious health condition. The Department of Labor has created the below list to aid employers in knowing whether or not their circumstance applies.
- three calendar days absent from work, school, or daily activities with medical care due to severe illness or injury
- prenatal care or pregnancy incapacity
- absences for necessary medical treatments
- hospital, hospice, or medical care facility inpatient care
- incapacity based on a long-term health condition such as dementia or terminal diseases
- treatment or incapacity due to a serious health condition (e.g. asthma, cancer, diabetes…)
Serious health conditions include…
- heart attacks
- severe nervous disorders
- severe respiratory conditions
- spinal injuries
- ongoing pregnancy
- prenatal care
- childbirth recovery
If you have further questions about serious health conditions, don’t hesitate to call us.
What To Do When I Take FMLA Leave?
Be sure to let your supervisor or HR department know if you need to take FMLA leave. Of course, requesting FMLA Leave is not difficult, but it’s good to know your company’s policies.
Naturally, you should reread your company handbook or FMLA policy sheet. FMLA generally requires paperwork to be filled out to meet certain regulations. If you know that you’ll need to request FMLA leave beforehand, notify your boss up to 30 days ahead of time. In cases where you had no forewarning, contact your employer as soon as you know you need leave.
In Pittsburgh and the greater Pennsylvania area, FMLA is the highest law providing for employees in the event of medical or family situations.
If you are eligible for FMLA and your employer is denying you unpaid leave, contact a lawyer who will know how to navigate your case and your rights under the law.
Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” is a law firm serving all of Pennsylvania with our principal offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Call KM&A in western Pennsylvania at 412-626-5626 or in eastern Pennsylvania at 215-618-9185. KM&A can be reached by email at email@example.com.