Arizona Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Law


The Family and Medical Leave Act, commonly known as the FMLA, is a federal law that entitles eligible of certain employers covered by the statute to take unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons, with a guarantee of job protection and continuation of benefits under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks of leave during a 12-month period for qualifying purposes, which might include the birth of a new child, caring for an ill family member, or receiving required medical treatments. In sum, employees unable to work because of their own serious health condition, or because of a need to care for a parent, spouse, or child, the FMLA may provide for unpaid, job-protected leave. Importantly, FMLA leave may be taken all at once, or may be taken intermittently as required.

Despite all these protections, not all employees or employers are covered by the FMLA. Generally, private employers with at least 50 employees are covered by the law, while private employers with fewer than 50 employees are not covered by the FMLA. In addition, employees are not entitled to FMLA benefits until they have worked for a covered employer for at least twelve months at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the employee’s worksite.

Unfortunately, sometimes employers refuse to provide the required FMLA leave, or they retaliate against employees who utilize such leave. Such retaliation may result in the unlawful termination of employment, where the employee should have been allowed to return to his or her job upon conclusion of the mandated leave. When that happens, legal claims against the employer may arise.

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If you’ve been targeted based on your exercise of rights under the FMLA or have any questions about those rights, you should talk to an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible. Harper Law is prepared to help you. We encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal questions.

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