On top of your employer's vacation, sick pay, or other time off programs, you may be legally entitled to leave from work. Learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), military leave, parental leave, domestic violence leave, and more.
Questions Is it legal for my employer to offer paid vacation time only to employees who work at least 32 hours a week? I'm an hourly worker, and my employer cut my hours (and pay), but I'm still working just as much to get my job done. Is this legal? I'm in the National Guard, and I've been called to
Question: I'm a data entry/coding clerk for a large insurance company. I used to work 40 hours a week, with occasional overtime. However, the company has been struggling financially, and they just decided that all of the employees in my department are going to have to cut back to 32 hours (four days)
Question: There is a flu bug going around our office, and my coworkers and I have all gotten it. Our employee handbook says we have to call in every day we are going to be out sick, by the time we're supposed to be at work in the morning. We feel like we are being treated like children. Someone who has
Question: After trying to become pregnant for a couple of years, my husband and I have decided to start infertility treatment. I can schedule some of my appointments around my work schedule, but I'll also need some time off work. Does my employer have to give me time off for treatment? Answer: Although
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, requires certain employers to give their workers up to 12 weeks off per year to care for a seriously ill family member, recuperate from their own serious illness, care for a new child, or handle issues arising from a family member's call to active military duty. It also gives employees the right to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who is seriously injured or become ill while on active military duty. When they return from leave, these workers have the right to be reinstated to the same or an equivalent position. But FMLA leave is unpaid -- and that's where, critics say, the law falls short of its goals.
If you are expecting a child, you probably plan to take at least some time off work. Unless you've saved up some vacation time, however, your leave could well be unpaid. Many companies don't offer paid parental leave, and no law requires your employer to pay for this time. A handful of states provide partial pay to employees who are unable to work because of pregnancy, however. And federal and state laws -- as well as your employer's policies -- may give you the right to take unpaid leave.
Domestic violence -- mental or physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner -- often affects the victim's ability to work. Some need time off to handle pressing matters, like seeing a doctor or moving to a women's shelter. Others are prevented from getting to work by their abuser's actions. To address these problems, a number of states have passed laws allowing employees to take domestic violence leave.