For many workers in Indiana, it can be difficult to find a job that pays the bills. As such, once you are in such a job, it is understandable that you might want to hold on to it. However, any number of obstacles can arise, no matter how diligent and hard working you are. Sometimes other things in your life must take precedence. But how will you get by if that means not going to work?
It is always a worry that needing to take time off could put your job at risk. However, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, you might be entitled to as much as three months of leave. Furthermore, this can be taken all in one go or in separate installments depending on your needs. The main requirements are that you have been with your employer for 12 months or more and that you have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours in that time.
Another important factor is that your employer must have at least 50 employees. If all these conditions are satisfied, the chances are that your employer is legally obliged to give you leave if required. However, if they refuse to do so, do not lose hope. You may be able to take legal action against them to secure the time off you require.
Our page on FMLA has further information about your rights and options. However, if you still have questions, an attorney might be able to assist you. He or she can explain your employer’s obligations and may be able to support you if you decide to file a lawsuit or pursue a compensation claim.