Many people in Southeastern, Connecticut towns like New London, Groton, and Norwich don't know their leave rigths.  People incorrectly assume that they have the right to take leave for a serious illness, or when they have a doctor's note.  They are wrong.  Sometimes people take unauthorized leave and end up getting fired.  It is important to know the basics of your rigths to take Medical Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Here are four points to remember.

First, the act applies to large private employers.  There is a federal and state version of the FMLA.  For employers with 50 or more employees, the federal FMLA applies.  For larger employers with 75 or more employees, both the federal and State of Connecticut FMLA apply.  So, if your employer Electric Boat or Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut, or Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut both the federal and State of Connecticut FMLA will apply.

Second, you get a 12 weeks of leave under the federal FMLA and 16 weeks under the Connecticut FMLA.  Not 12 plus 16, just 16 (if your employer is in Connecticut) since the leave with count for both statutes at the same time.

Third, the leave is unpaid leave.  Not paid leave.  You might have some other benefits available to get paid leave, but the FMLA does not require paid leave.  Just unpaid as of this writing.

Fourth, the FMLA is a statute so you must confirm that your particular situation meeting the definitions in the statute.  There are many definitions in the FMLA that you must confirm apply to your case.  For example, there is a definition for an employee, an employer, a serious medical condition, and special notice rules you should know.  Don't just apply a dictionary definition to a term.  Confirm the actual definition in the statute and regulations.  

If you or anyone you know has been denied their medical leave rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act in Groton, New London, or Norwich then contact the medical leave lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, PC, 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT., at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888 717 4211. 

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut
1 Comments
Good to know about FMLA and the employee distribution. Your data is great collection.
by Forklift September 14, 2013 at 09:24 AM
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