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You should also think about what is required vs your company policy. Some companies choose to give more time because they want to show understanding to employees and to keep them in the fold. If you don’t have a policy, now is a good time to set one and keep it consistent moving forward.
If this is your first FMLA request, you’ll need to decide how you will manage them – based on calendar year (January 1 to December 31) or continuous – (beginning at the start of the leave) and make that your consistent policy. If you use the calendar year structure, employees are eligible for 12 weeks or leave (more if your state/locality allows – check with your local Department of Labor) every January 1. If you use continuous they are eligible for another 12 weeks of leave one year after they return from a previous leave. The policy must be consistent for all employees so choose wisely. Calendar year is easier to track, but may mean more leave: continuous is a lot more paperwork. Check the Zenefits site for more info on FMLA leave and options for tracking.
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