FMLA An Option For At-Risk Employees
April 03, 2020
Many options are available for employees as we navigate the realities of COVID-19. While emergency funding is available to help, the traditional Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA) remains an option. FMLA entitles eligible employees to take 12 weeks (480 hours) of unpaid leave in a 12-month period to care for yourself or a family member with a serious health condition. Although leave is unpaid, you can use accumulated leave for wage replacement during the FMLA period. The medical condition must qualify as a serious health condition supported by medical documentation.
Although COVID-19, for most individuals who are treated and recover at home, would not generally qualify for FMLA, those who have a heightened reaction or require additional treatments or care due to other underlying conditions could rise to the level of qualifying for Family and Medical Leave protection. More information on Family Medical Leave can be found in the Faculty Staff Handbook 3710 or the benefits webpage.
If you feel your leave may qualify under the FMLA, complete the appropriate forms found on the benefits webpage. Regular FMLA differs from the recently enacted Emergency FMLA which helps employees deal with the complications of schools and daycares closing and children needing supervision. If this is your situation, you must apply for Emergency FMLA.
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