The FMLA and Your Business
The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important piece of legislation that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. It is meant to protect the rights of workers to take time off for medical treatment or family emergencies. If you will be hiring employees to help you operate your business, you need to be familiar with the requirements of the FMLA.
Legislation about workers’ rights has benefited many people, but can pose a challenge to small business owners. When you do not have the resources of a large business, it is natural to worry about covering the expenses of employee benefits. For information about your legal rights, and protection from business litigation, call the Des Moines business lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (877) 327-2600.
Complying with the FMLA
The Act applies to all businesses with 50 or more employees, a group that includes a large number of small or family-owned companies. It grants full time employees the right to miss up to 12 weeks of work per year for family or health reasons. They are entitled to return to their old jobs, or equivalents.
Failure to accommodate workers who miss work because of illness, childbirth, or adoption can result in expensive and reputation-damaging litigation against your business. To make sure you are protected from this possibility, you may want to take the following steps:
- Know your rights. An experienced Des Moines business litigation attorney can offer a thorough review of your rights and responsibilities under the FMLA.
- Educate your employees. Information about the FMLA should be posted in the workplace or distributed to all workers. Be ready to offer copies of this information on request.
- Try to avoid arguments with workers. The Act can be vague about what exactly constitutes medical leave; for example, mental health is a legitimate reason to miss work. Nitpicking a worker’s request for leave may only land you in court, where judges tend to favor employees over employers in these cases.
Complying with the Act while preventing abuse of it is a challenge, but with the right legal representation, it is a manageable one.
The Des Moines FMLA lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to help keep your business running smoothly. Contact us at (877) 327-2600.