I work for a large supermarket chain. My mother-in-law is very ill, and my husband can't take time off work right now. Can I take leave from work to care for her?
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) did not anticipate chummy relationships with in-laws. It allows employees unpaid time off to care for children, spouses, or parents -- or to deal with their own medical needs. But in-laws are not mentioned.
This means that the FMLA doesn't give you the legal right to take time off to care for your mother-in-law. But you may be able to convince your employer to give you some unpaid time off anyway -- particularly if other employees have received such leave. And because parents are covered under the FMLA, your husband may have a right to take leave to care for his mom.
Many states also have laws that provide for family leave, and those laws frequently differ from the federal law. A few allow leave to care for in-laws or relatives living in the household. Contact your state labor department to find out whether your state offers this type of protection.
Workplace Discrimination & Harassment
Health & Safety in the Workplace
Fair Pay and Time Off Work
Privacy in the Workplace
Losing Or Leaving Your Job
Wrongful Termination Laws
Collecting Unemployment Benefits
Your Rights in the Workplace
Guide to Federal Employment Laws
Working for Yourself
Copyright © 2014 Nolo ® |
Security & Privacy |
Disclaimer -- Legal information is not legal advice