Here are the basics for how a nonprofit should handle an employee's request to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. For more, be sure to see Wading through New Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations.
The employer must send the employee an eligibility notice within five business days of request for FMLA leave.
1. The employer must determine if an employee is eligible for FMLA leave (12-month/1250 hour requirement).
2. The employer should decide if it has enough information to certify that the employee has a serious medical condition or if she or he will require medical certification. A request for medical certification should be included in the eligibility notice, with a return date of 15 business days.
The employer must send the employee a designation notice, within five business days of determining eligibility.3. The employer can designate the leave as qualifying under the FMLA, contingent upon . . .