Illness and FMLA Protections

If an employee missed work due to either his or her own illness, the employee may qualify for job protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is a federal law administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Under state law, no such protections exist.

Under federal law, covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

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