FMLA Eligibility Checklist for Employers

In addition to posting general notice and educating employees on the ins and outs of the Family & Medical Leave Act, employers must be prepared for when a member of their team inevitably requests leave. Follow the steps below to ensure you’re meeting all of your requirements under the FMLA.


Determine if the employee is eligible for FMLA. Assuming they are, let them know their scheduled leave qualifies immediately.

Provide a Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities to the employee.

Determine if a medical certification is needed. If one is needed, let the employee know immediately.

Determine if the leave request is for an FMLA-qualifying reason.

Grant or deny the leave request and provide a Designation Notice to the employee.

Maintain health benefits for the duration of the leave.

Restore the employee to the same or an equivalent position upon their return.

Keep detailed notes and maintain records properly.

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