Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC

When an employee requests leave for health, medical, parenting, or military reasons, the employer must determine whether the leave qualifies for FMLA leave. If the time off requested qualifies for FMLA leave, the employer is required to provide the employee with specific notice and information regarding the employee's eligibility, rights and responsibilities under the FMLA.

To properly handle a request for FMLA leave, the employer should take the following steps: