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Emery | Reddy, PLLC FMLA Attorneys regularly file lawsuits against employers who violate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

These are the 5 most common FMLA violations we see from Washington state employers:

  1. Ignoring leave requests
  2. Declaring a medical certification insufficient
  3. Asking an employee to work while on FMLA
  4. Including FMLA leave in a count of absences
  5. Failure to act in good faith
Many employers are unaware that their employees do not have to specifically ask for leave under FMLA. Employees are not required to mention the FMLA when requesting leave. In fact, assuming adequate notice, simply verbally stating a need for leave is enough.
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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Eligible Employee Benefits

Workers who are eligible for leave under FMLA qualify for one of the two leave periods listed below.

Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:

  • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth.
  • The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement.
  • The care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of their job.
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty.”

Twenty-six work weeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for:

  • A covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

See the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Fact Sheet on Employee Notice Requirements under FMLA for more information.

Do I Need to Hire an FMLA Attorney?

If you have tried to work things out with your employer and nothing has been done, then it’s time to consult with an experienced Seattle FMLA attorney. Employment Law is complicated and can be overwhelming for anyone not familiar with it. Trying to hold a company accountable for bad business practices requires a skilled attorney to navigate the different laws and tactics an employer may use.

Emery | Reddy has decades of experience in Employment Law and an unmatched record of helping Washington state workers get the justice they deserve in labor violations. Call for a Free Case Review to speak to an experienced Intake Specialist and learn more about your rights.

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The Employment Law Attorneys at Emery | Reddy, PLLC are passionate about helping workers with Employment Law issues and L&I claims. We Help Workers®. It’s our motto and what drives us every day.

We know how companies think, and we understand the tactics they use. Our Employment Law Attorneys use that knowledge coupled with over three decades of experience to help our clients get access to the benefits to which they are legally entitled and hold employers accountable when they break the law.

If you’re struggling with an employment issueinjury, or L&I claim, call us for a Free Case Review with an experienced Intake Specialist to learn more about how Emery | Reddy may be able help you today.

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