My employer is about to terminate me because the doctor placed unknown as a return to work date. If I am terminated, can I receive unemployment benefits?

I received the forms and had the doctor fill up the forms. On the question about what date I will return to work, the doctor responded with unknown. I received an email from HR stating that my FMLA application was incomplete, and if I don't respond by a certain date, I 'd be terminated.
If I'm terminated, can I qualify for unemployment benefits?

1 answer  |  asked Jan 7, 2016 4:17 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Arkady Itkin
Hello. First, you should at least advise your employer yourself in writing that you will provide additional documentation and clarification they need, even if it takes a big longer. Their deadline is not a legal deadline but their own set deadline, so they should be able to give you more time to submit the proper paperwork.

If you want them to terminate you, you will likely qualify for unemployment benefits if you have any reasonable explanation for the delay for providing the completed FMLA paperwork as requested.

Thanks,

Arkady Itkin

posted by Arkady Itkin  |  Jan 7, 2016 4:43 PM [EST]

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