AMANDA'S RECOURSE – Coursework Example

Amanda’s Re Amanda’s Re Sometimes a series of events in life can become overwhelming and without a contingency plan, people usually end up in a spiral of despair. Amanda’s case is a model example of how situations beyond our control can overlap, leaving one distraught. Amanda has found herself in an intricate position where she is obligated to take care of her sick mother, at the same time be a model employee, or lose her job, which pays for her mother’s medical expenses, and is supposed to take Amanda through her pregnancy and childbirth. Prominently, Amanda should investigate on how to keep her job and find time to take care of her mother.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was prescribed in 1993, allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for the health of a family member during a 12-month period (Bohlander & Snell, 2006). Amanda is eligible for this provision since she has been an employee of the company for five years and eligibility only requires one to have worked for 12months. Additionally, the company is eligible to provide this privilege to Amanda since it has 120 employees, 70 employees more than the required minimum. It would be wise for Amanda to start by taking her paid leave days, to finance the subsequent unpaid leave period.
Ordinarily, the medical expenses will continue to accumulate; thus, she might consider applying for unemployment compensation, under the Employment Compensation Act of 1992 (Andersen & Svarer, 2011). The act allows employees to receive their contributions in terms of savings or investments when they were working with their previous company. Amanda should also consider her pregnancy status and extend her health care coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), instituted in 1985 (Andersen & Svarer, 2011). The federal coverage enables the unemployed to receive favorable tax treatment and health insurance subsidies.
Andersen, T. M., & Svarer, M. (2011). State dependent unemployment benefits. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 78(2), 325-344.
Bohlander, G., & Snell, S. (2006). Managing human resources. Boston: Cengage Learning.