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You have a right to take time off to care for a gravely ill child

Having a sick child places a lot of stress on a parent. When the child has a serious or even life-threatening illness, the parents will likely want to remain with the child while they undergo whatever treatments are necessary. The problem with this is that most parents have to work to pay bills. There is a possible solution; however, it isn't going to earn you any money while you spend time caring for your child.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is here to protect eligible employees from having to worry about job loss in situations like this. It gives them up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. In order to get the protections of the FMLA, you have to meet certain criteria. One of these is that you have to have been at your job for 12 months and have put in a certain number of hours.

We know that most employees hope they never have to use this; however, it is nice to know that is here when you need it. Unfortunately, some employers won't abide by the terms of the FMLA. If you have an employer who isn't willing to comply with them, you might have to take legal action to get the time off that you need.

There really isn't a good reason why you should have to battle for time off when you have a child who is gravely ill. We are here to help you learn how to assert your right to take time off work to provide them with the care and support they need during this trying time.

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