You may need time off because a loved one is suffering from a serious illness. Perhaps you are starting a family and your first child will be arriving any minute. You may have to deal with a health crisis or your own. Whatever the situation, there are state and federal laws that allow you to take a leave of absence from your place of employment. Employers must follow these laws or they run the risk of incurring serious penalties.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Laura J. Farris have helped many California workers obtain a leave of absence from their employers. Many of these requests initiate under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal law that provides certain protections to workers. California laws also provide additional benefits to workers, so you need a law firm that understands how these laws work together to ensure that you are taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you.
Many of the employees who come to us for assistance have specific questions related to their leave requests. They want to know what sort of information they need to provide to employers. Must they provide medical records? Do they have to prove that a loved one needs extensive medical care?
Our lawyers have been helping workers with these complicated questions since our firm opened in 1997. Some of the issues that we help employees with include:
The FMLA is extremely complicated, and employers will sometimes use its complexity to their advantage. They may respond to your request with information that does not seem to make any sense. They hope that you will be unable to figure out what your rights are, and not pursue the time off that you need to address important issues.
Our lawyers will explain the FMLA laws to you, and help you understand what you have to do in order to be able to get time off from your employers. If your requests have been denied or rejected, you may be able to file claims against your employers and recover compensation for their unlawful acts. We will help you pursue all avenues that are available to you in these cases.
Our attorneys are well-versed in the rules regarding leaves of absence and FMLA claims. To learn more about your options, please call our Carlsbad office at 760-729-0152 or send us an email. We represent workers in San Diego County and throughout Southern California.