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What is FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and how will it affect my workers' compensation benefits?

To be eligible for FMLA leave, you must have been employed by the employer for at least 12 months (the months need not be consecutive) and must have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12-month period preceding the leave. If you are eligible you may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period in conjunction with the work related injury.

During the FMLA  leave an employer is required to continue your group health coverage during the period of FMLA leave as if  you had continued to work, although you must continue to pay your share of the group health plan premiums in order to retain coverage during the leave.

At the end of the leave, you must be restored to your prior position or to a position with equivalent benefits.

Taking FMLA will not affect your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits. Some employers may require that you take leave even if you are on workers’ compensation.