Can I get FMLA for my three month old son?

My one year at my job is coming up in March so my eligibility for FMLA is up.I had my now three month old son in November so I wasn't eligible for fmla. Now that my one year is coming up can I still apply for FMLA to bond with my son or take him to get his shots even though he'll be 4 months? Also his mom doesn't work or drive so Im the only one who can take him to the doctors for shots.

1 answer  |  asked Feb 27, 2017 12:28 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
I believe that you are entitled to take time off to bond with your child. The FMLA regulations state that:

Both parents are entitled to FMLA leave to be with the healthy newborn child (i.e., bonding time) during the 12-month period beginning on the date of birth. An employee's entitlement to FMLA leave for a birth expires at the end of the 12-month period beginning on the date of the birth. 29 CFR 825.120(a)(2).

Once you become eligible for the FMLA, ask your employer to use FMLA for your child. If you get pushed back, consider contacting an employment lawyer for assistance.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Feb 27, 2017 3:05 PM [EST]  [ Best Answer - selected by asker ]

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