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FMLA employee notice requirements

Like other people in Louisiana, there may be times when your personal life requires you to take time away from your job. A good example of this is when you have or adopt a new baby. Maternity and paternity leave may be granted to allow you time to care for your new family member and to heal from a birth if you are the biological mother. Other situations that warrant time away from work might include the need to care for another family member or to tend to your own health needs.

When you must take leave from your job, you may be able to do so under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This law not only allows you to take unpaid time off from your job but protects your job while you are away as well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if the reason for your leave allows, you should formally request time away from work at least 30 days before you need the leave to begin. If an emergency arises, your request should be given as soon as possible.

If you have been granted FMLA leave before and need it again for the same reason, you must specifically request leave under the FMLA. If you have never taken time off per the FMLA, you do not need to specify this type of leave when making your request.

If you would like to learn more about the process of requesting and receiving leave from your job under the Family and Medical Leave Act, please feel free to visit the FMLA requirements page of our Louisiana employment website.

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