Many American employees, including thousands in Colorado, fall under the protections of the Family Medical Leave Act. For those who do, knowing that there are legal protections available in the unfortunate event that they need to take a leave of absence from their job is comforting. However, the reality is that many employees are subjected to discrimination when they return from a leave taken under the protections of the FMLA, in the form of retaliation from their employer.
For many women in Colorado, becoming a new mother is usually one of the happiest times in life. The anticipation during the pregnancy - and all of the struggles - pays off when a woman gets to hold their new baby at the hospital. However, this joyous time can be interrupted for a working mother when her employee rights are violated.
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal employment law that provides significant protections to millions of American workers, including many Colorado employees. However, there is sometimes a lack of knowledge among employees about their rights under this law - a problem that can sometimes lead to discrimination on the part of employers.
When Colorado employees hear that a male co-worker is expecting a new family member because of his wife's pregnancy, there are usually congratulations and handshakes all around. Eventually, the conversation may turn to what types of arrangement the couple is making to care for the newborn, especially in terms of maternity leave for the mother. However, it usually doesn't occur to many people that a male employee himself may also be planning to take time off to care for the newborn.
At some point in life most people will have to deal with a serious medical issue. But, even if a Colorado resident is lucky enough to avoid an issue on their own, they may still have to care for a close relative dealing with a medical condition. Fortunately, when either one of these situations arise, most Colorado employees will be able to benefit from the protections of the Family Medical Leave Act.
When all the news is negative it can be easy to forget that workers in America have a great deal of legal protection that actually makes their jobs much better than in many other parts of the world. For instance, any of our Colorado readers familiar with previous posts here no doubt know the basic protections of the Family Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA. The FMLA was implemented in order to help an employee who is either himself facing a medical issue, or who has a close family member who is facing a medical issue and will require the employee's care. Basically, an employee can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job under these circumstances, with no fear of losing the job.
Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time for many Colorado families. However, it also happens to be a physically, mentally and emotionally challenging time as people adjust to caring for a new baby. During this time many Colorado women take maternity leave from work in order to make this adjustment period slightly easier. However, under employment laws, Colorado employers do not have to offer paid leave. Therefore, most women only take a short maternity leave.
When someone gets hired at a new job, it can be an exciting time. New employees are often especially driven to prove themselves to their new employer and develop a good working relationship. However, new employees also have to be cautious, because, in many cases, employers are watching closely to see if a new hire fits in with the company dynamics. Some employers are also wary of new employees who need to take time off of work early in their period of employment. For one such employee, this very type of situation appears to have led to litigation.
Many of our Colorado readers are probably familiar with the Family Medical Leave Act, commonly known as the FMLA. This popular piece of federal legislation was enacted with the intention to protect an employee from being fired simply because that person needs some time to deal with a medical issue. Under the protections of the law, an employee may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a qualifying medical issue of their own, or to care for a family member who may need assistance due to health concerns. The law requires an employer to allow the employee to come back to their original position, or one of equal stature, when the leave is complete.
Some of our Colorado readers may not know, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act becoming law. President Bill Clinton signed the act into law in 1993, and since then millions of employees have enjoyed the benefits of this bill. A recent article noted how an estimated 35 million people have taken time off of work under the auspices of this law's protections.