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How to Handle a Request for FMLA Leave

Author: Meryl Gutterman, formerly of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.

When an employee requests leave for health, medical, parenting or military reasons, the employer must determine whether the leave qualifies under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If the time off requested qualifies for FMLA leave, the employer is required to provide the employee with specific notices 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.