Is there a time limit that an employee has before they can be laid off after returning back to work from taking a FMLA leave?
After taking a 40 day FMLA leave an returning back to work for 4 hours. I was laid off.
There is no hard and fast time limit, no. The lay off or termination cannot be because you took FMLA leave--e.g. it cannot be in retaliation for using the leave, which is federally protected right. However, if the termination was for any non-retalitatory or non-discriminatory reason, including a restructuring, downsizing, or offshoring; performance-related issues; excess capacity; insubordination or violation of work rules; conflict with a manager or supervisor; etc., then it's legitimate and can take place at any time after the FMLA leave. If you believe the layoff or termination may have been for improper reasons, you should consult with an employment attorney, who can evaluate the situation and your options for you. Good luck.