Hi there! Today I’m gonna share some info on FMLA with you guys.
My adventures in mommy land have led me to some pretty strange and confusing places. I’ve had to figure a ton of things out on my own and there were some EPIC fails along the way. But you know what? I figure if I can be helpful in anyway and help someone else avoid those pitfalls I will.
FMLA (The Family Medical Leave Act) is ABSOLUTLEY one of those dark and twisty places. However, it does not have to be scary! Most work places make it feel that way. A lot of employers just don’t deal with it! In fact, they rarely even inform you that it exists. Case in point, I was 5 months pregnant and on an attendance write up before my UNION representative told me about FMLA and protecting my job. My boss, my assistant manager, and my area manager said nothing to me about it. In fact, they seemed surprised that something like this existed. Since then I’ve used FMLA 2 more times (3 total). Once was for my pregnancy, once for my daughter, and once for myself. Sooooo I’d like to think I know a tad bit about the subject.
With that being said, here is some general FMLA info and a few helpful tips. Trust me it’s a life and a JOB saver.
- You are eligible for FMLA after being with a company for 1 year.
- You get 12 weeks of FMLA a year.
- There are continuous and intermittent leave options.
- FMLA is UNPAID leave.
Reasons to Request FMLA
- Care for a newborn up to a year.
- Adoption or foster care adjustment up to a year.
- Caring for a child, spouse, or parent with a SERIOUS medical condition. (In my experience anything considered CHRONIC will fall under this category. For KP it was ear infections, for me it was Bell’s Palsy)
- Your own medical condition.
Simply contact you company’s HR department for assistance. Most companies use Sedgwick for disability and leave services. You will be e-mailed or physically mailed paperwork to have your doctor fill out and fax in to the leave service center.
So what’s the catch?
Yup! There is always a catch. FMLA runs concurrent with any most medical leave. What does that mean? It means that even though you have paid maternity leave, your FMLA leave is being used at the same time. Sooooo when you get back to work and you need to take FMLA for a sick family member you may not have enough time accumulated (been there too).
I know that may have been a lot, so if you have any questions I’m here to help. You can comment your questions about FMLA or contact me at KJ@dysfunctioNOLA.com .