Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA?
December 27, 2008 11:27 AM Subscribe
Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA to take care of my sister when my sister gives birth?
posted by Monday to Law & Government (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My mother, a resident of Georgia, works for a large hospital. She has over 280 hours of flex time built up. She would like to take off four weeks to fly to California and help my sister as my sister gives birth to her first child. My mom has turned in an FMLA form (I guess it is marked optional) from my sister's doctor.
In these tough financial times, my mom wants to protect her job. She is going to take two weeks on the flex time, and take two weeks unpaid. Apparently, her work is understaffed, so they don't want her to go.
Human Resources told my mother verbally that she is not eligible for FMLA because my sister is out of state and married.
I have looked at the FMLA, and I can't see how my mother isn't eligible. If it comes down to calling a lawyer, my mom will decide not to go and stay working at her job. Is there some resource we are missing? What can my mother do?
I can post clarifications later today.