The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted by Congress in 1993. The Act generally sought to strike a balance between the need of workers to have time off from work for important health and family matters and the need for employers to maintain a consistent work force. An eligible employee entitled to 12 work weeks of leave during any one year period to: 1) care for the employees newborn child during the first year of life, 2) care for a child newly placed with the employee through adoption or foster care, 3) care for the workers own serious medical condition or 4) to care for the employees spouse, child or parent if that person has a serious health issue. Some employers do not like to be inconvenienced by a worker taking off considerable time. These employers place barriers to workers taking time off for medical reasons or punish the worker for doing so. This is unlawful. Mr. Berry has represented both workers and employers in this area of the law.