If you or a family member has experienced a significant life event, you may need to take some time off of work to deal with the situation. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows certain employees to take up to 12 workweeks off over the course of a year for multiple reasons, including the birth of a child, the onset of serious health conditions, or to care for a sick spouse, child or parent. Some employees may be permitted to take up to 26 workweeks off over a 12-month period to care for a covered service member with an illness or injury.
The United States government understands the importance of family. In the middle of the 20th century, it was believed that the bond between a newborn and its mother were most important. But it became increasingly more apparent that the relationship between a father and his new child is also vitally important to the well-being of both child and parent.
Although the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA is relatively young in the United States, its beginning extended years before it finally became law in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. It actually first was introduced to Congress a decade earlier in 1984, but was met with resistance and was blocked each year until 1991, when it was vetoed by President George H. W. Bush. It again passed in Congress in 1992, but was again blocked by President Bush.
As discussed last week in this blog, there are times in which Cranston residents must take some time away from work in order to address a medical emergency or family responsibility. While many employers do not offer paid leave, employees have employment law protections that must be honored by the employer under the Family Medical Leave Act.
Many Cranston residents take a great deal of pride in their jobs. Individuals may put in long hours, overcome challenges and dedicate themselves to their careers.