Manage Intermittent FMLA Leave

Key Points

  • Intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or leave taken in separate blocks of time due to a single FMLA-qualifying reason (rather than in one long block of time), is one of the most challenging aspects of the administration of the FMLA.
  • An employer does not have to grant intermittent leave under every circumstance (e.g. baby bonding) but the employer must understand when it can and cannot deny such requests.
  • While the use of intermittent leave can be a real headache for HR, such leave can be managed through the implementation of certain strategies, the use of certain tools and a keen awareness of the law.

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