Job protection is important. If you need to go on extended leave, it’s comforting to know that the Family and Medical Leave Act will help offer you this protection. You will need to keep leave notice requirements in mind in order to move forward through the process successfully. Follow the steps below and keep requirements in mind as you work through this process.

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How to qualify for FMLA leave of 12 weeks:

– Your condition or reason must qualify.

There are a few different situations that will qualify. The first and second reasons involve bonding with a child or newborn, born, adopted or a foster child, in the first year. The third is a serious health condition that prevents you from being able to work. The fourth is to care for your child, spouse or parent who has a serious disease. The fifth is a qualifying exigency of child, parent or spouse on active military duty. The sixth reason is to care for a service member who is a parent, child, spouse or next of kin of a service member.

– Your employment must qualify.

In order to qualify for FMLA leave, you must meet certain employment leave notice requirements. The specifics of your current job will factor into your FMLA eligibility. You must have worked for your employer for at least a year and 1,250 hours. Your employer also needs to have at least 50 employees within 75 miles.

– You must let your employer that you need to take lave.

If you can give 30 days’ notice, you need to do so. If not, you should let your employer know as soon as possible.

The proper paperwork needs to be filled out.

You can fill out the form either online or paper form.
If you go to this website, you can fill out the forms online. Otherwise you can call the Department of Labor and ask for forms and fill out the paper versions instead.

Your employer must fill out section 1 and then you will fill out section 2.

– Meet with your healthcare professional.

Section three of the form must be filled out by your doctor or other healthcare professional. This will include information about your specific condition or the condition of your family member. This will help in getting your FMLA leave approved.

If you meet all of the leave notice requirements, then you should have no trouble getting your FMLA approved and protecting your job for up to 12 weeks while you need to be out of work. You will also need a doctor to clear either yourself or your family member when you want to return to work. FMLA will protect your job for up to 12 weeks. If you take longer than that, it is up to the discretion of your employer.