Can I take FMLA to take care of my newborn child?

I asked my employer for the FMLA forms to take to my doctor to fill out because I plan to take 6 weeks maternity leave and 6 weeks FMLA for a total of 12 weeks. My employer stated that FMLA is only eligible if I foresee a complication with my delivery and birth of my baby. Is this true? I was under the impression that FMLA allows for time off to take care of a a newborn child period

1 answer  |  asked Nov 8, 2011 09:32 AM [EST]  |  applies to Alabama

Answers (1)

Adam Kielich
The employer is incorrect. FMLA leave may be taken for bonding with a newborn child regardless of any medical condition of the mother or the child. Take a look at this link which discusses FMLA eligibility. It focuses on Colorado law but FMLA is a federal law and the same rules apply in your state.

posted by Adam Kielich  |  Dec 31, 2017 11:15 AM [EST]

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