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Family and Medical Leave Act: Preventing interference

Federal law protects employees who have to take foreseeable or sudden leave from their jobs. A law called the Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees who meet certain qualifications up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from the job every 12 months without endangering their employment status. If an employer in Wisconsin prevents an employee from taking FMLA, or retaliates against the employee for taking the leave, that is known as FMLA interference. 

State and federal family leave options

At any time, a person in Wisconsin might find themselves needing to take time away from a job in order to tend to a personal or family matter. In some situations, such leave is provided under either the state or federal family and medical leave laws. While the concept of both laws is similar in that employees are guaranteed the right to take this time off for qualifying events without fear of losing their jobs, there are differences that people should understand.

Family and Medical Leave Act supports addiction treatment

For individuals suffering with addiction, treatment has not always been easy to come by. Persons with addictions face stigma, lack of access and concerns about losing their job. Substance use disorder is a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as long as the individual is no longer using or if they are in a treatment program. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can also support people who need time off from their job to participate in addiction treatment. A recent news story shares how people in Wisconsin and other states may use this federal law to support their recovery. 

What are my rights under the FMLA?

Many employers offer vacation time and sick leave to help accommodate employees who need to miss work. However, in some cases, employees need to leave work for long periods of time and have not been able to accrue enough vacation time or sick leave. Fortunately, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees can receive additional leave under certain circumstances.

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