Can my empoyer deny me leave time if I am adopting a child?
Probably not, if you and your employer are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers who have more than 50 employees within a 75 mile radius are subject to the FMLA. Employees who have been working for their employer for more than a year and have worked more than 1250 hours in the previous year are protected by the Act. If these conditions are satisfied, the federal FMLA provides that employees who adopt a child are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year. In the case of an adoption, employees must give their employers 30 days’ notice of their leave if possible, and may take intermittent leave if their employers agree to it. It doesn’t matter whether you are having your own child or adopting- employees are entitled to the protections of the FMLA if they and their employers are covered by the act.