Medical or Disability Leaves of Absence

Family Medical Leave

The Family & Medical Leave Act is a federal law which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.  Some states, like New Jersey, also have their own Family Leave Act.  Pennsylvania does not.

Generally, the FMLA only applies to private sector employers who employ fifty or more persons within a 75 mile radius and public sector employers regardless of numbers or geography.  To be eligible for FMLA benefits, the employee must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months and 1250 hours in the last 12 months.

Once an eligible employee makes his or her employer aware of a need for leave for a covered medical reason, the employer has a duty to accommodate the leave and preserve the employee’s job during the leave up to the 12-week maximum.  An employee may also take leave intermittently in increments as little as one hour to attend medical appointments, therapy, or for other covered reasons.  Employers may not retaliate against employees who request or take leave.

If you believe your right to family medical leave has been denied or interfered with, please call the Fegley Law Firm at (215) 493-8287 or email Mr. Fegley at scott@fegleylaw.com.  Mr. Fegley will personally discuss your situation with you by telephone or email and will tell you whether the problems you may be experiencing at work are, in fact, in violation of the Family & Medical Leave Act.