The Chicago Employment Law Blog

February 2013 Archives

4 Employee Protections Under FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not provide for paid time off. However, there are plenty of other employee protections under the Act.

Generally, the FMLA gives eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of leave during a 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons. Here are the benefits of taking FMLA leave:

What Is a Serious Health Condition for FMLA Leave?

If you are looking to take FMLA leave for a medical reason, you will need to know what a serious health condition means.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not allow eligible employees to take time off for just any health reason. Instead, your condition, or that of a family member, must be serious enough to warrant protection under the FMLA.

FMLA Overview: Rights and Responsibilities

There is perhaps no body of employment law more misunderstood than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a result, an overview of the FMLA, which provides unpaid leave for eligible employees, may be in order.

Covered Employers

Not every employer has to provide FMLA leave. In fact, only private sector employers that employ 50 or more employees generally have to provide such leave.

Top 5 'Less Obvious' Types of Employment Discrimination

There are some types of discrimination that may not be so obvious.

For example, there are not that many employers nowadays who engage in overt and obvious forms of discrimination. That's why you won't often see a classified ad that states "only whites need apply."

Still, we all know discrimination exists. Here are the Top 5 types of less obvious forms of employment discrimination that you should watch out for: