Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) you may be entitled to take up to twelve (12) work weeks of unpaid leave per 12-month period for the birth of a child, placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care, or to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a severe health condition. In addition, you may be entitled to take an FMLA leave for your own serious health condition.
As required by this federal law, your coverage and any family medical coverage provided by the Fund will continue for the entire period of the leave. Your employer is required to make special contributions to the Fund to continue coverage for this period of time.
The Fund will maintain your eligibility status until the end of the leave, provided your employer properly grants the leave under the FMLA and makes the required notification and payment to the Fund. Employers can choose to measure the 12-month period in which you may take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave according to four different methods:
- The calendar year
- Any fixed 12-month period (such as a fiscal year, year required by state law, or year that begins with an employee’s anniversary date)
- A 12-month period measured forward, meaning it begins on the date an employee first starts FMLA leave
- A rolling 12-month period, measured backward from the date an employee last used FMLA leave
You will have to ask your employer which method they use to determine the eligible period.
Of course, any changes in this Plan’s terms, rules or practices that go into effect while you are away on leave apply to you and your dependents, the same as to active employees and their dependents. Call your Employer to determine whether you are eligible for FMLA leave. Call the Fund Office regarding coverage during FMLA leave.