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What is Family and Medical Leave Act? (“FMLA”)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if they had not taken leave. The FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers, and promotes equal employment opportunity for men and women.


The Family & Medical Leave Act:

  • Covers only certain employers;

  • Affects only those employees eligible for the protections of the law;

  • Involves entitlement to leave;

  • Maintains health benefits during leave;

  • Restores an employee's job after leave;

  • Sets requirements for notice and certification of the need for leave;

  • Protects employees who request or take leave; and

  • Includes certain employer record keeping requirements

  • Eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to FMLA leave for:

    • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child;

    • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;

    • Care for a family member with a serious health condition;

    • The employee's own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his or her job; or

    • Certain military-related reasons.


The FMLA prohibits employers from interfering with employees' rights under the law. Therefore, it is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee for requesting or taking FMLA leave.


The Law Firm of David A. Young, LLC represents executives and employees whose FMLA rights have been violated throughout the State of Ohio. Attorney David Young has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Attorney Young has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the State of Ohio for the years 2009 through 2013.


If you feel your rights under the Equal Pay Act have been violated, The Law Firm of David A. Young, LLC provides a free, no-obligation consultation.

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