Q. Is calling in “sick” sufficient notice that an employee needs
A. No. The newclarify that simply calling in sick won’t be sufficient to provide adequate notice of a need to take leave.
Employees don’t have to ask for FMLA leave by name or expressly assert their rights under the FMLA, but they should provide enough notice for the employer to understand the need for FMLA leave and its anticipated timing and duration.
If an employee took FMLA leave in the past for the same qualifying reason, he or she must either specifically reference the qualifying reason for the leave or specifically ask for FMLA leave.
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