How Will Medical Leave Influence Your Income?

Taking off from work is never an easy task. There are formalities to complete, deadlines to meet and of course transferring your pending work to someone efficient that your manager will approve. Apart from this there is the concern of your salary too.

When you take a day or two off, it does not affect your pay or work much. However, when you are planning to take a long medical leave, there are certain effects on your work as well as pay.

Influence On Your Income

If you are working in California, this is how you go on medical leave in California:

One can take up to 12 weeks of paid medical leave when it is a medical emergency. According to the FMLA (Family And Medical Leave Act) one can take off for this duration if it is a case of serious health condition, if a family member is going off for military service or if you have a new child in the family to bond with.

If you have a family member who was seriously injured on military duty, you can take off for a longer period of time, to attend to them. However, this law applies only if:

  • You have worked for the same company for the last one year or more
  • You have worked for a minimum of 1,250 hours in the past year
  • Your employer is eligible according to the FMLA

Your employer must comply with the specifications of the FMLA if they have had a minimum of 50 employees working in the company or concern for a minimum of 20 weeks in the previous or current year.

This 12 week leave period can be taken in a single year. The leave renews every year provided the employee meets the eligibility criteria. One needs to keep track of the number of days they take leave and work in a year, so that there are no last minute confusions or risk to their employment.