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The Family and Medical Leave Act allows you to take time off as an employee to care for yourself or a child, spouse or parent. The FMLA offers job protection so that you do not have to worry about your employer firing you if you need time off from work for one of these reasons.

If you wonder whether or not you qualify for leave under FMLA in Connecticut, here are some guidelines to help.

You Have Recently Given Birth To A Child

Both mothers and fathers qualify for 12 weeks of FMLA leave during the birth of a child and after the child is born. Bonding is crucial during the first few months of the baby’s life, so take advantage of this leave if you qualify. The FMLA leave also extends to parents who are placing a child for adoption or caring for an adopted child.

You Have A Family Member With A Serious Health Condition

Serious health conditions include cancer, diabetes, severe back pain and other illnesses or injuries that require hospitalization or intensive care. These conditions also include mental illnesses where you need to be with your loved one for the course of treatment.

You Have A Severe Health Condition

If you have a severe health condition that prevents you from working, you can qualify for FMLA. You may need to provide documentation to your employer before they grant you leave.

When you know your rights as an employee, you can have a constructive conversation with your employer regarding FMLA leave.