Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Federal, state, and local laws that authorize employees to take paid or unpaid leave for a defined period for major health-related medical issues affecting their immediate family. Beginning in the 1990s, federal and state family medical leave laws passed, allowing employees to take unpaid leaves of absence from work for major family-related medical issues without first obtaining permission from their employers. Business managers worried that family medical leave would make personnel management very difficult and ultimately drive costs up. However, by 2002, studies had shown that the federal medical leave program had not unduly hurt U.S. businesses. California began the next stage in 2002, when it enacted a law that will provide employees with paid leaves of absence. Rank My Attorneys has qualified Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
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