I took a day off after being up caring for my daugter until 2:00 am and had to be at work 4:30 am

my 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with (ALL) acute lymphoblastic leukemia 2-25-11. I was approved for fmla through my employer and gave them certification from Roswell Cancer Hospital in Buffalo, NY . I recently called off from work after being up all night caring for my daughter. My employer said i needed documentation for this day off. I have none because i was at home with her not at a ER or hospital. I can't do my job if i am too tired to work.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 16, 2011 11:00 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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Patricia Pastor
I am so sorry about your daughter's diagnosis. It must be incredibly difficult for you to concentrate on anything other than her.

Intermittent leave and leave to care for a sick child are allowable under the FMLA. Although your employer is within its rights in requesting medical documentation of your child's condition, you should not need to submit medical documentation for every day that you need hours off to care for your child. I would recommend that you write a memo to your employer explaining that you needed the time off in connection with providing care to your sick child. If you have already provided sufficient medical documentation of your child's illness, and the care that she requires, that should be sufficient.

posted by Patricia Pastor  |  Aug 16, 2011 11:36 AM [EST]

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