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4 Important Benefits of Taking FMLA Leave

There are many important benefits that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for workers. In fact, the benefits of the FMLA far outweighs the negatives of trying to understand this complex morass of laws.

Many workers may lose interest in figuring out the availability of the FMLA after they realize it is unpaid leave. However, before giving up, you should know these four benefits of taking FMLA leave, as provided by the U.S. Department of Labor:

When Can I Take FMLA Leave for a Medical Condition?

You can only take FMLA leave for serious medical conditions.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot simply request FMLA every time you feel sick or want to care for a loved one.

Instead, to take FMLA leave for a medical reason, you will need to show that the medical condition qualifies as a "serious health condition."

An Overview of Your FMLA Rights

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a confusing body of law. Even lawyers and human resource professionals are confused as to the intricacies of the law. As a result, most laypeople will need some help understanding their rights.

Here is an overview of the FMLA, which grants leaves of absence to eligible employees.

There may come a time when your aging parents or relatives become ill. You may need to take time off from work to care for them. But just because your loved one needs you, are you entitled to take FMLA leave to care for them?

The FMLA does entitle eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of protected unpaid leave to care for a "parent" with a serious health condition. But what about non-parents like your grandparents, aunts, or other family members who acted in place of your parents?

Congress does recognize the reality of a modern family: that someone other than your biological mom or dad may have raised you. As a result, eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for someone who stood "in loco parentis" to the employee.