The FMLA Evaluation Roadmap: How to Navigate Complex FMLA Requests
By Kristin Hostetter, CPDM
Leave Administration Product Manager
Lincoln Financial Group
We’ve all experienced those challenging Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requests. Perhaps an employee asks for time off to care for their 32-year-old child or to undergo cosmetic surgery. Any number of situations can make you scratch your chin and think — is that really covered under the FMLA?
The best way to handle each unique leave situation with confidence is by relying on a three-step roadmap and consistently applying it to every situation. This goes beyond FMLA leaves to include state- and company-specific leaves that may apply to a request. This approach helps break down the complexities of a leave and lead you to the correct outcome.
1) Determine eligibility: Is the person eligible for FMLA leave?
To evaluate the employee’s eligibility, consider three factors:
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