This video first explains several myths about medical leave rights.  Many people believe that they have a rigth to medical leave when they don't.  It is important to know your medical leave rigths so you don't get fired for taking unauthorized leave. There are four things to know about medical leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  

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, and for employers with 75 or more employees the State of Connecticut FMLA applies.  

Second, under the federal FMLA you have 12 weeks of leave, and under the State of Connecticut FMLA you have 16 weeks of leave.

Third, the leave is unpaid.  Not paid leave.

Fourth, there are many definitions to be aware of such as a definition of an 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.  

If you or anyone you know has been denied medical leave, or have been penalized by your employer for taking leave, contact the Groton, Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act 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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