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Understand FMLA.

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Am I eligible for FMLA?

•     You must have been employed for at least 12 months with your Employer. 

•     You must have worked 1250 hours in the last 12 months.

•     Your employer must have at least 50 employees in the area.

What are some of the common reasons people take FMLA leave?

For the birth or care of a newborn or newly adopted child.

To care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition or the employee’s own serious health condition. Some common health conditions that might qualify for FMLA include:

Asthma, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Cancer, Injury and other health conditions that require you to miss work.

How long is an FMLA leave?

The FMLA law requires an employer to provide up to 12 weeks of leave per year for eligible employees. This leave may be taken all at once, or in intermittent periods, depending on the employee’s health needs.

If you are covered by a Union Contract, you may be entitled to more medical leave. Talk to your Shop Steward to find out about your rights under your contract.

What is intermittent FMLA leave and how does it work?

If you or your family member has a chronic condition that is episodic, occasionally flares up, or requires periodic treatment, you may be entitled to “intermittent leave”under FMLA. This might include asthma attacks, chemotherapy, etc.

Intermittent leave allows you to take absences from work when necessary without risking discipline or termination. Remember: you will still need to follow your employer’s call-off and attendance policies to the extent possible.

Will I lose my health insurance when I take an absence?

No. Employers are required to continue paying their portion of your health insurance during and FMLA leave.

I think I might need to take FMLA leave, what should I do?

Download the appropriate FMLA form HERE.