Nobody wants to make an FMLA claim, but there are times when this is necessary. This could be the result of a pregnancy, cancer treatment, surgery or psychiatric treatment among other circumstances.
As an employee in the state of Florida, you may believe your company has to do all the work regarding your FMLA claim. However, this is not necessarily true. There are things that are expected of you as well.
As noted on our “FMLA Claims” webpage, “employees do have established procedures and responsibilities to ensure that protection under the act.” In other words, if you want to obtain protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act, it is essential to follow each and every procedure as outlined.
While you have the right to take a leave, if you qualify to do so, it is your responsibility to meet all notice requirements and to certify the need for time off.
Your employer may require documentation outlining the cause and intended duration of your leave. If you neglect to give the proper notice, you may jeopardize your ability to make an FMLA claim. On the flipside, if an employer refuses to comply with an FMLA claim, he or she could be held responsible for damages.
Both employees and employers have responsibilities as they relate to the Family and Medical Leave Act. As an employee interested in making a claim, it is imperative to know your rights and to take the appropriate steps. Furthermore, you should have an understanding of your options should your claim be denied.
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