When does FMLA officially start?

When does FMLA start? Is it the date the employee notifies the employer (given the proper certification is provided) or is it the date it was certified by the physician. Also, can time be retroed back prior to when we were notified if a doctor certifies the dates?

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


Todd B. Kotler, Esq. / Todd B. Kotler, Attorney at Law

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

When did the employee begin taking leave?  Generally, this triggers the act.  Some exceptions apply but your question does not give enough information.

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