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Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

What Are My Responsibilities While On FMLA Leave?

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While you are on FMLA leave you are responsible to pay your share of premiums such as for health insurance, and to follow the employer's requirements about keeping your employer informed. (In any event, it is advisable to stay in touch with your employer.)

Your employer can check up on you while you are on leave, but only in a restricted manner.

While on FMLA leave, it is advisable to:

  • Pay what you are supposed to. Follow the arrangements for payment of your share of the health insurance premium as well as any other financial arrangements you make concerning other benefits. Failure to do so could result in a loss of your benefits.
  • Keep your employer to date. If your employer requires to be periodically informed about your intent to return to work, be sure that you follow the specified procedure. Failure to comply with your employer's regulations could result in a loss of your job. Even if there is no requirement, it is advisable to periodically stay in touch with both your Human Resources contact and your immediate supervisor to remind them of your intention to return. It couldn't hurt to express an interest in what has been going on at work since you went on leave.
  • Notify your employer of any changes in your situation. If you need more time off, see:
  •  Keep track of the time you use as you use it. The best evidence of how much time you have taken are records which are made 'contemporaneously' (kept at the same time as the event occurs), rather than those which are created later. If you want to make a change later, rather than white-out the original entry, put a notation next to it, as well as the date you made the notation. Your Work Journal is a good place to keep the notes.Keep your record neat and orderly. You may need to show them to your employer if a dispute arises.

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