If you work for a company in California that employs at least 50 employees, you probably qualify for the benefits of the Family Medical Leave Act. You must also work at least 1,250 hours in the past year.
If you meet these requirements and have a qualifying need for leave, you might need to out specific paperwork to get things started.
Health care provider forms
Information from the National Institutes of Health highlights two of the most common documents used to apply for leave under FMLA: WH-380E and WH-380F. The first form goes by this title: Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition. The purpose of this form is to provide adequate documentation to support the presence of a serious health condition through the office of the health care provider.
The second form goes by this title: Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member’s Serious Health Condition. This document establishes your right to FMLA due to a family member having a serious illness for which you will provide support.
With so many military service members in California, many military families might use form WH-384: Certification for Military Family Leave for Qualifying Exigency. This form documents a military service member’s need to take time off due to a qualifying event. The heart of the form has the individual explain the need for leave in a section titled “Appropriate Facts.” Supporting documents can accompany the application for leave.
Using appropriate paperwork can support a claim for leave under the FMLA. This is just one aspect of this program to help you and your family cope with difficult circumstances through illness or other issues.