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FMLA leave requests fall into two categories: foreseeable and unforeseeable. When the leave is foreseeable, employees are required to provide at least 30 days’ notice or notify the employer as soon as practicable if the leave is foreseeable but will begin within 30 days. Examples of foreseeable leave: childbirth and nonemergency surgery for the employee or an immediate family member.

When leave is unforeseeable, employees must follow their employers' usual and customary call-in procedures for reporting an absence, unless unusual circumstances prevent them from doing so. Some flexibility is necessary here. Obviously, an employee who is in a coma following a car accident would be unable to notify you, and family members may or may not be available to inform you. (Technically, the family is under no legal obligation to do so.)

Notification can be verbal or written. Employees don’t have to use the term “FMLA leave.” Simply, any...(register to read more)

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