FMLA mployee leave questions
September 8, 2010 8:47 AM Subscribe
How do we handle a pregnant employee in terms of the Family Medical Leave Act?
We're a small company in Georgia (USA). Our HR department is off on vacation (told you we were small!). A good employee has recently announced that she is pregnant with triplets. We're a bit at a loss as how to handle it well, in a professional and legal sense.
We're all happy for her, but of course there's the question of how it will impact her work and the uncertainty of a high risk pregnancy. She's given no dates when she would be leaving, or taking time, which is fine for now. But in terms of the FMLA, what are are our responsibilities? We understand that she's entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which at the end of she can return to her position, or a similar one.
But does that 12 weeks of leave have to occur concurrently?
Doesn't she only have a year to take that leave? If so, is it a year from when she first announced the pregnancy to the office? Or is tied to the calendar year somehow?
Is she entitled to those 12 weeks every year?
Are there other sources for guidelines on how to handle this professionally and legally?
Is there certain paperwork we have to fill out under the FMLA?