Four Things to Know About the Family and Medical Leave Act in Southeastern, Connecticut.

First, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to large employers.

There is a federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and a State of Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA).  For private employers with 50 or more employees, the federal FMLA applies.  For employers with 75 or more employees the State of Connecticut FMLA applies as well.   If your employer is a private employer with less than 50 employees then the FMLA will not apply.  

Second, you have 12 or 16 weeks of leave depending upon whether you are covered by the federal FMLA, the Connecticut FMLA, or both.

Under the federal FMLA you have 12 weeks of leave, and under the State of Connecticut FMLA you have 16 weeks of leave.  So, if you are in Connecticut you might have 16 weeks of FMLA available to you.  

Third, the leave under the FMLA is unpaid leave.  Not paid leave.  The FMLA is not the same thing as short term disability insurance, or Worker's Compensation benefits. 

Fourth, you must check the definitions that you believe apply to your case.

There are many definitions in the FMLA statute.  For example, there are definitions for employee, employer, proper notice, and a serious medical condition.  Don't just use your common sense to determine whether something is a serious medical condition.  You must check the definitions in the statute.  

You can contact The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C.

If you or anyone you know has been denied medical leave, or have been penalized by your employer for taking leave, contact 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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