The Family and Medical Leave Act, also called FMLA, was enacted to help families in times of need. Established in 1993, this federal labor law provides unpaid, job-protected leave to qualified employees for various medical and family reasons, including caring for a new child and caring for sick relatives. While some states have passed their own FMLA laws, Pennsylvania employees are limited to the rights guaranteed under the federal law. While the FMLA legislated protection against certain types of discrimination, some employers, intentionally or unintentionally, violate this law. Lancaster County employees should take time to get to know their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and, when necessary, seek the help of an FMLA attorney to protect those rights.