How to Request Parental Leave (FMLA) In Florida

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits How to Request Parental Leave (FMLA) In Florida

How to Request Parental Leave (FMLA) In Florida

Did you know that as many as 4.2 million workers have missed work due to an illness or injury in just a year? Another 48% have taken time off to take care of their family or at least plan to in the future.

FMLA leave, also known as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, was put in place to protect employees during these unexpected medical or family incidents that require them to be away from work for some time. Keep in mind that every FMLA is not the same — it will vary between states such as:

 CaliforniaNew York
 FloridaNew Jersey

FMLA in Florida, in particular, will require a lot of time and patience if you're going through the process on your own.

However, with DoNotPay, you can:

We do all the hard work, so you can get back to what matters — recovering or being there for your family!

What is an FMLA?

FMLA is an acronym for the labor law titled the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. This law was put in place to protect job security for workers who qualify for it due to medical or family reasons.

Filing an FMLA claim is particularly useful for those unexpected cases where you cannot come to work because you're having a baby, have fallen ill and cannot work, or have been injured to the point that you cannot do your job.  

According to the Department of Management Services in Florida, qualifications for FMLA in Florida include:

  1. Being employed in Florida for at least 12 months
  2. Working for at least 1,250 hours within the past 12 months
  3. Currently experiencing one or more of the following:
  • Serious health condition
  • Adopted a child
  • Childbirth/ child care after
  • Fostering a child
  • Have a child, spouse, or parents with a serious health condition
  • Active duty family leave
  • Injured service member leave

The DMS adds that you can get as much as 12 weeks off within 12 months for all conditions, except for caring for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness (you have up to 26 weeks in this case).

Can I Get Paid on FMLA in Florida?

You do not get paid for FMLA leave in Florida. However, you may qualify for programs that can get you some paid time off. For instance, you may use your sick time off, maternity or parental leave, vacation time, and more. FMLA can be added time off for those who need it but are not guaranteed a steady income.

How to Request FMLA Leave in Florida on Your Own

It is recommended that you discuss an FMLA leave with your supervisor as soon as possible, ideally 30 days in advance. However, this is not always practical, so it is common to inform supervisors on the spot when the circumstance is sudden and unexpected.

To request FMLA leave in Florida by yourself, the process will include:

  • Giving your supervisor a heads-up that you have an FMLA-qualified condition (do not have to say what the condition is)
  • Your employer will get back to you on whether you're eligible for the leave
  • You will receive FMLA rights and responsibilities from your employer following acceptance
  • Provide a completed certification from your doctor if requested.
  • Have ongoing communication with your employer to make the process easier

How DoNotPay Can Handle Your FMLA Request on Your Behalf

Skip the hassle of doing it yourself and let DoNotPay do it all for you. All you will have to do to request FMLA in Florida with DoNotPay is follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Tell us which state you work in (if you work in CA, NY, NJ, MA, WA, or DC, your state has a paid family leave program).


  2. Choose whether you want us to apply to the program for you or contact your employer with your leave request. If you want to apply for the program, we will walk you through the questions on the form and mail the application form for you.


  3. If you want us to contact your employer, enter your leave details, including the starting date, number of weeks of leave, and how many weeks of paid leave you are requesting (for example, you may take a 12 week leave, but only request 8 weeks of paid leave to make the request reasonable).


  4. Indicate whether you are the birth parent or not (birth parents have a few additional legal protections).


  5. Enter the name of your company and the person to address this request to.


  6. Select whether you want us to email the request to your employer on your behalf.


Why DoNotPay for FMLA in Florida?

The three biggest reasons to use DoNotPay for FMLA in Florida is because our platform is the:

  1. Fastest solution. We'll get your request created and sent out faster than any other method.
  2. Easiest solution. We do all the heavy lifting so that you can get back to recovery.
  3. Most successful solution. If you're eligible for FMLA in Florida, we'll get you time off.

As an added bonus, DoNotPay can solve other problems you may be having in the meantime. Need help paying your bills online? Need to create passport photos before traveling internationally? Want to find all the best discounts on your favorite products and services? We can help we these and so much more!

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