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Know the rules…

Before the need to use your benefits arises, be sure you understand what is and isn't covered. Recently I applied for FMLA to my employer of over 23 years, only to be denied. Why? Because I work in education and don't work 12 months a year. To qualify for FMLA protection, you have to WORK 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months. That is not an employer's rule, that is where the federal government has set the requirements. That number of 1,250 hours does not include holidays, or vacation days or even snow days. Only those hours at my desk count toward those 1,250 required hours. Even my lunch time does not count .... I was surprised, shocked and dismayed when I was turned down for FMLA protection and I hope sharing my experience will help someone else avoid this shock.

  1. I, too, was just informed of this. It was a shock to me as well. And if you take any vacation, sick or PTO that time is taken from your 1250 hours as well. Thank goodness I at least signed up for short/long term disability insurance with my employer. I was told that I am not protected by the FMLA in a guarantee that I would have my same job when I'm able to come back to work, but I am protected with medical leave disability that my employer at least has to place me in a position that is close to my current one, if by chance my current employer has to fill my position while I am out on medical leave.

    Just seems there are way too many loops. Best of luck to you as well!

    1. Jessica, the laws that are meant to protect all of us are also full of pitfalls such as this one. It continues to surprise me how much I don't know. Good luck to you.

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