There are several federal laws in place - the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, to name a few - designed to protect workers who have to miss work because of any number of medical reasons.
For many of us, our jobs do not provide enough paid sick time to deal with a serious illness to ourselves or a family member that may require an extended absence from work. That is where the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) comes in for workers in Michigan and across the country.
Lots of Detroit readers look for film critic Roger Ebert's signature endorsement "two thumbs up" when they scan a movie's poster or a DVD's cover. Ebert, who has written for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years, is one of the most trusted reviewers in the entertainment industry and his wry, witty personality has endeared him to many.
This week, the Family and Medical Leave Act, one of the most important pieces of federal legislation affecting employees' rights, turned 20 years old.
In previous posts, we have touched on the Family and Medical Leave Act. This is one of the most important laws for workers, but it's also one of the largest and most cumbersome to apply.
Recovering from an illness is not always a once-and-you're done proposition. Sometimes, people who are ill have to take time off on several occasions over a longer time span. We hope that no Detroit reader is unfortunate enough to have an illness that requires this, but it's just a fact that there are probably are many people across Michigan who suffer from these sorts of ailments.