What Are My Rights Under the FMLA in Virginia?

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Life happens. Sometimes the unexpected occurs and we have to take emergency leave from work. Fortunately, in the state of Virginia and others, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects those who have faced a family medical emergency or pregnancy. To learn more, read on, and give our firm a call today to discuss. Our Chesterfield County FMLA attorney is here to help you. Below are some questions you may have regarding FMLA in the state of Virginia:

Can I still get paid while on FMLA?

Unfortunately, employers are not required to pay their employees while they are on family medical leave. However, in some cases, employers prefer to pay their employees anyway. The main benefit of qualifying for FMLA is that you can take 12 weeks off of work without having to worry about your job being removed or given to another employee. With occasional exceptions, the law states that anyone out on family medical leave is secured in their position, or a substantially equivalent one, once they come back to work.

As a result, if you have recently returned to the workforce and found that your employer had terminated your position or has given it to another employee, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with our experienced Midlothian employment attorney. Our firm has the knowledge and experience needed to handle all sorts of legal matters related to the FMLA. Give us a call today to begin. 

Does FMLA include pregnancy?

The FMLA protects pregnancy, in addition to raising a baby shortly after childbirth. However, just being pregnant or having a child may not be sufficient enough to entitle an individual to this leave. Only employees who work for companies with 50 or more employees and who work for at least 1,250 hours in the last 12 months will qualify. 

If you have additional questions about pregnancy and the FMLA, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our firm is on your side. We look forward to hearing from you.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Virginia, you can count on Passero Employment Law to effectively represent your interests. If you would like to discuss your matter, please contact Passero Employment Law today.

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