In Massachusetts, as elsewhere under Federal Employment Law, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows qualifying employees to take a leave of absence from work.
Employees may take up to twelve weeks of leave during a one year period. The Family Medical Leave can be taken all at once or intermittently. Amongst other things, intermittent FMLA Leave can be used to go to medical appointments, or recuperate. Intermittent Family Medical Leave can include missing only a few hours in a work day to missing entire days. Sometimes employees get cleared by their doctors and employees for ongoing intermittent Family Medical Leave if they have a medical condition that might require their absence from work on a periodic and sometimes unpredictable basis.
How to go about taking a medical leave of absence from your particular employer is beyond the scope of this article. Our general legal advice is to:
Employers are supposed to return employees to comparable job positions when they return from a Family Medical Leave. If the employer fails to return the employee to a comparable position, or otherwise retaliates against the employee including firing them they should contact an experienced labor lawyer at 1-877-525-0700.
There are multiple laws regarding employee leaves of absence. It is best to consult with a Massachusetts labor lawyer regarding terminations of employment following leaves of absence. Labor attorney, Karl Gerber, can advise you which leave of absence rights your employer should have applied to your particular leave of absence.
Representing employees in Adams, Athol, Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsa, Chicopee, Erving, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Gosnold, Hollyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Monterey, New Bedford, Newton, Lynn, Orange, Rowe, Quincy, South Boston, Southbridge, Springfield, Worcester, and the rest of Massachusetts.