The Family Medical Leave Act

Further, victims of domestic abuse may be covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The act applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.  These employees become eligible if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employees 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Employees will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons: (1) the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee; (2) placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care; (3) to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or (4) to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition[1]. Injuries sustained from acts of domestic violence may qualify for such a leave of absence.