Within mere weeks, the US will endure multiple historic natural disasters.
Hurricane Harvey devastates parts of Texas at the end of August and Hurricane
Irma is already bearing down on Florida. Each of these storms have and
will impact hundreds of thousands of American families.
In some areas, homes and businesses will be impacted equally. In other
cases, families will lose their homes but their employer will be untouched.
What happens after the storm has passed and employees must juggle the
devastation left along with their everyday responsibilities?
Could an employee use the Family Medical Leave Act to take time off from
work and recover from the devastation? The Family Medical Leave Act is
not designed to be used for recovery efforts but there are instances where
it could be used in relation to a natural disaster. If you or an immediate
family member has suffered a physical or mental illness or injury that
meets the definition of a “serious health condition,” you
may be eligible for FMLA leave.
Applying for FMLA leave related to a natural disaster will require the
same process and paperwork as any other request for this type of leave.
It is important to remember that the FMLA leave may be connected to the
natural disaster but it is not unique in its application requirements.
Be sure you communicate with your employer so that you receive any and
all benefits to which you are entitled.
If you believe you have been wrongfully denied FMLA benefits from your
employer, you should contact an attorney at Humble Law today.
Marquie Young is an Associate Attorney in Humble Law LLC’s Nashville
office. Marquie can be reached via email at
email@example.com or by phone at 615-800-3041.