How to Request FMLA Leave in Minnesota

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits How to Request FMLA Leave in Minnesota

How to Request FMLA Leave in Minnesota

Navigating the different options you have for parental leave is probably one of the least exciting aspects of welcoming a new baby. , many workers are eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal labor law MN residents can use to receive much-needed time at home after the birth of their new baby or adoption of a child. Applying for  and navigating all of the required documents can be challenging and time-consuming to handle on your own. That's why we created DoNotPay's Parental Leave product. DoNotPay can help you quickly and successfully apply for FMLA.

Who Is Eligible for Parental Leave in Minnesota?

While as recently as February 2021, Minnesota lawmakers have been discussing passing a paid family leave bill, unfortunately, there are currently no paid parental leave laws in the state. However, there are still a number of options available to prospective parents seeking to spend crucial time with their babies.

Even though there is currently no state-mandated paid leave, there are still a number of options available to Minnesota residents. First, always check to see if your employer offers paid leave benefits. If they do not, many workers are eligible for up to 12 weeks off by applying for FMLA leave.

What Is FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave act of 1993 is a federal labor law that allows workers to take time away from their jobs without worrying they will be fired or lose their health insurance. The birth of a new baby, adoption of a child, as well as fostering a new child are all eligible reasons to apply for FMLA leave.

Can I Get Paid While on FMLA?

No, the FMLA is not paid leave and does not provide a paycheck. Instead, the FMLA guarantees that your employer will not permanently replace you during your time off or alter your pay after you return to work. It also ensures your health insurance benefits do not cease during your time away.

Who Is Eligible for FMLA?

Certain criteria must be met in order to be eligible to receive FMLA-based leave. Eligible workers must:

  • Work at a company with 21 or more employees
  • Have worked for that company for at least 12 months minimum, not necessarily consecutively
  • Have worked at least part-time for the duration of those 12 months

How to Apply for FMLA in Minnesota on Your Own

While navigating paperwork is probably not what you would like to be doing when expecting the birth of a child, it is possible for you to complete this process on your own if you would like to. These are the steps you will have to follow:

  1. Check the eligibility criteria for FMLA leave and ensure you meet the requirements
  2. Download, print, and correctly fill out the Minnesota FMLA forms.
  3. Get your work supervisor to fill out section one of the form.
  4. Fill out section two of the form with information about yourself and your situation.
  5. Have your healthcare provider complete section three with information on why you are requesting leave.
  6. Submit the completed forms to your Human Resources leave coordinator.

How to Get Parental Leave in Minnesota With DoNotPay

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of completing all these steps on your own, DoNotPay can help you apply for parental leave quickly and successfully. We can complete many steps of the process on your behalf. All it takes is six 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 eight 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.


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Helping you successfully apply for parental leave is just one of many things DoNotPay can handle for you. We assist with a large number of frustrating situations, including:

Applying for sick leaveFiling a complaint
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