At this time of year, between voluntary leave for holiday travel, work holidays, and the potential for FMLA -- there's a lot to take into account in regards to time off. FMLA regulations state that if a holiday takes place during a full week taken as part of FMLA leave, the whole week is considered FMLA. On the other hand, if the FMLA leave is used as less than one week, the holiday is still a holiday and does not count against the FMLA entitlement, unless the employee was scheduled to work on the holiday.
The Family Medical Leave Act is a very important piece of federal legislation that allows employees who have extenuating family situations or medical conditions to take time off of work (up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year). The reasons for using such leave can be for a happy occasion, like the birth of a child; or it can be for a less-than-fortunate situation, such as a serious illness. But no matter the reason, employers cannot interfere with your right to such leave.
It's so important for Texas employees to know their rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. The law provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for a personal illness or to care for a family member who is ill. The FMLA also provides for maternity and paternity leave for new parents.
Federal laws are in place to protect workers' rights in Texas and throughout the country. In particular, the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to protect workers' employment when unexpected medical issues arise, including pregnancy, illness or the need to care for a family member. But to take advantage of these important benefits, Texans need to be aware of the relevant filing deadlines and paperwork.
Most Texas readers would agree that it is unfair to fire someone who needs time off to care for a sick or dying parent. However, in some situations it is not against the law.
A Texas woman's employment discrimination case has gained national attention as the 5th circuit appeals court prepares to determine the boundaries of pregnancy discrimination. The question in this case is whether lactation is a "pregnancy-related condition" within the meaning of the amended version of Title VII of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
A resident of Montgomery County, Texas recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, a local hospital. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital prevent her from taking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, which provides for unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks each year and prohibits employers from interfering with that leave or retaliating against employees who take the leave.
Most of us in Texas have at least heard of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. These landmark pieces of federal legislation greatly shored up the concept of employees' rights.