In case you’re dealing with a medical situation and want to know what the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is all about, listen up. Unfortunately, life happens and when it does, we need to rely on provisions like the FMLA to become informed.
For starters, it was implemented in 1993 and says that employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from an employer during a 12-month period. This leave could be due to your own serious medical condition or due to caring for an immediate family member with a serious ailment.
As for what defines “immediate family member,” well that pertains to parents, a spouse and children. State labor laws vary so you should check your own state’s labor laws. For instance, some states have expanded the definition to encompass a domestic partner, parent-in-law, sibling and even a grandparent.