The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal piece of legislation that protects workers’ rights to take care of themselves and their families, even if that requires missing work. It covers employees who have worked at least 1250 hours in the last 12 months at companies with at least 50 employees. If this applies to you, it is very important to know the rights granted to you by the FMLA.
Unfortunately, even with workers’ rights laws in place, many employees find themselves struggling to receive the respectful treatment they deserve after an illness or injury. If you are having difficulty protecting your rights as an injured employee, Your Iowa Lawyers can help. Call the offices of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 705-0233.
If you and your employer are covered by the FMLA, you are permitted to miss up to 12 weeks of work if your reasons are valid. These weeks may be taken off consecutively, or one day (or even a few hours) at a time. Valid reasons for missing work under the FMLA include:
- Illness or injury that prevents you from working
- A sick child, spouse, or parent who needs your care
- The birth or adoption of a new child
When you return to work, you are legally entitled to the job you had before or an equivalent position. Your employer is not permitted to demote you or decrease your salary as a penalty for missing work. If he or she has attempted to do so, your Iowa workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you stand up for your rights.
Recovering from a workplace injury is difficult enough; you do not need additional legal complications. For efficient legal services and useful advice, contact the Iowa workers’ comp attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.