Family Medical Leave Act in Colorado
The FMLA, or Family Medical Leave Act, is a federal law that requires employers to provide unpaid leave to employees for certain medical reasons or issues having to do with military deployment. In addition to the FMLA, Colorado also requires that employers provide employees leave, and the law that applies is the one that provides the most protection to workers.
Along with requiring that employers allow for leave, the law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for taking leave allowed by law. Retaliation includes employer conduct such as termination, demotion, reduction in pay, or discrimination. It is important for anyone who is having an issue related to FMLA leave to consult with an experienced Colorado employment law attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at HKM Employment attorneys are experienced employment law lawyers who are committed to helping people with FMLA matters resolve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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Colorado employers with more than 50 employees who have worked for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous year must comply with the provisions of the FMLA. Additionally, in order to be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for the company for at least one year, have worked 1,250 hours in the previous year, and work at a location with at least 50 employees in a 75-mile radius. The law requires that employers provide employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12 month period for the following reasons:
- The birth of a new child
- A serious health condition
- To care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
- Issues related to military deployment
- For issues related to the adoption or fostering of a child
In addition to these federally mandated reasons for leave, Colorado law also requires that employer provide leave for:
- Issues related to domestic violence
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Meetings related to educational issues of a child
If you suspect that you are being denied leave that you are entitled to by law, you should contact an experienced Colorado employment attorney as soon as possible. In addition, an employer who thinks that an employee may be fraudulently claiming FMLA leave, you may have legal recourse against that employee. An attorney can help determine whether you have a claim, and if so, help you file that claim with the appropriate agency or court.
With almost 40 years of combined experience, the attorneys of HKM Employment Attorneys have the knowledge and skill required to handle any legal matter relating to FMLA leave or any other employment law issue. We can help employers develop FMLA compliant internal policies regarding leave, and also represent employees who believe that they are being denied leave to which they are legally entitled.
Contact a Colorado employment law attorney at HKM today to retain legal representation for any legal issue related to the FMLA or any other employment law matter.