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Do I qualify for FMLA without consecutive service?

There are many requirements to qualify for FMLA. Before you request a leave, you should learn more about these requirements to ensure that you are making an informed decision.

One of the primary requirements of FMLA is 12 months of consecutive service with your current employer. Even if you don't meet this requirement, it is possible that you could still take advantage.

If you have 12 months of service, but not consecutive, you may be eligible if:

-- You are employed by a covered employer.

-- You have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months leading up to the leave.

-- You work at a location where there are 50 or more employees, or a location where there are 50 or more employees within 75 miles.

-- You have worked for the company for a minimum of 12 months.

If you meet all of the requirements detailed above, you don't have to have 12 months of consecutive employment in order to qualify.

There are many ins and outs of FMLA, making it difficult for some to understand if they are in position to take this type of leave. Knowing the requirements makes it much easier to decide what to do next.

Anybody who is interested in FMLA should fully understand how the law works, as well as whether or not they qualify based on the company they work for. There are times when people think they don't qualify for FMLA, but soon find that this is not the case. There are also situations when employers wrongfully deny FMLA leave. This is why you need the appropriate amount of knowledge.

Source: United States Department of Labor, "Wage and Hour Division (WHD)," accessed Sep. 08, 2015

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