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Are you an employee looking to take family, medical, or military leave, and your employer is trying to prevent it? If so, it may benefit you to contact a Louisville employment lawyer from our firm. Under federal and state laws, you have the right to go on leave for an extended period of time for certain family matters, health issues, or military service. At Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, our team is devoted to making sure the rights of employees are protected. By working in the employment legal field alone, we are able to stay on top of every law pertaining to our practice, and provide our clients with the diligent and effective counsel they deserve.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA allows eligible employees to take time off for specified family or medical reasons. During this time of leave, the employee's health insurance coverage will remain under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave at all.

An employee may qualify for FMLA leave if:

  • They have a newborn child.
  • They are recovering from a serious health condition.
  • They must care for a family member who has a serious health condition.
  • They need to handle specific demands resulting from a family member's active military duty.
  • They need to care for a family member who was seriously injured while on active duty.

Foreseeable versus Unforeseeable Leave

To qualify for these leave rights, you must meet the notice and FMLA paperwork requirements. The amount of notice you must give depends on why you need leave. If your need for leave is foreseeable, you must give at least 30 days of notice. However, there are exceptions to this. For example, if you have a parent that is terminally ill, you will most likely be unable to determine when you need to leave to care for them, and do not need to give 30 days of notice.

Unforeseeable leave is granted when an employee does not know in advance that they will need to leave. This may entail the employee having a heart attack, or an employee's spouse getting injured while on active military duty. In these types of situations, employees are required to give notice as soon as possible under the given circumstances.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

The USERRA provides strong protection for employees who take time off of work to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Under USERRA, it is prohibited for men and women of the military to be discriminated against by an employer, regardless of the size of the company. Employers also must provide workers with time off for their service. In addition, employees who leave for military duty have the right to reinstate at their company, so long as they meet certain conditions.

To reinstate in the company, the employee must have:

  • Notified the employer prior to the leave that it was for military duty
  • Spent five years or less on leave
  • Received honorable release from military service
  • Met specific time limits to apply for reinstatement

As long as the employee is still qualified to fulfill the duties they had prior to leaving, they have the right to return to the position he or she would have held if they worked through the leave.

Small Firm Attention, Big Firm Results

At Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, we have the ability to provide the personalized attention of a small firm, combined with the results of a large firm. Protect your rights as an employee! Contact our firm today to get started with your case evaluation.

For the convenience of our clients, we have offices located in Louisville, Evansville, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Troy.

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  • Andrew greatly helped me to feel reassured that I was not jeopardizing it further by seeking legal counsel.

    “Andrew was very personable, yet very serious. This was my first encounter with the legal system, my integrity had never been attacked and I felt like it was and wanted to be represented in keeping that from happening. Andrew greatly helped me to feel reassured that I was not jeopardizing it further by seeking legal counsel. I now have a different view of the legal system.”

    Nina

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    “Ben put me at ease from the very first discussion. My case was fairly easy for him. Ben kept me informed and made suggestions along the way. He made the best case for me and we won. You never win as much as you would have liked, but I feel Ben got the maximum for me in a timely and professional manner. I would highly recommend your firm to others who may have employment law issues. Thank you and Ben for helping me.”

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    “I came to this firm after meeting with a different attorney who didn't seem very supportive of my case. When I met with Mr. Dutkanych he was very helpful and empathetic to my situation. My experience was great and I was educated every step of the way on what was being done and what to expect. Mr. Dutkanych was very timely in his responses and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. I am very thankful for his help! I would definitely recommend Biesecker, Dutkanych and Macer!”

    B.B.

  • From the beginning he spelled out my options, was very caring but no-nonsense, and explained what may or may not happen.

    “Andrew Dutkanych provided excellent legal counsel for me. I sought his counsel for an employment issue regarding harrassment and age discrimination and was both emotional and angry that my managerial position was being eroded and my duties systematically taken away. He carefully listened to my concerns and confirmed that I indeed had an EEOC case based on age discrimination. From the beginning he spelled out my options, was very caring but no-nonsense, and explained what may or may not happen. He filed all documents immediately, always returned phone calls or e-mails and successfully negotiated a settlement. Perhaps most importantly, he helped keep me calm when my employer was clearly increasing her harrassment in the hopes that I would quit or walk out. I would definitely recommend him and thank him again for his expertise!”

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