Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Federal FMLA provides that employees may take 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs when they have a serious medical condition or must care for a family member with a serious medical condition.  The FMLA only applies to employers with 50 or more employees and employees must meet certain conditions to be eligible for leave.  An employer must not retaliate against an employee for exercising his or her rights under the FMLA.  New Jersey also has a similar statute, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, which provides different but related rights to employees.  New Jersey law does not require an employer to have a minimum number of employees to be subject to the law and is also more pro employee than its federal counterpart.  To learn more about employee rights and employer requirements under the FMLA, contact Lauren Bercik at 732-863-9900 or LBercik@hnwlaw.com/.

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