How to Apply for FMLA Leave In NH the Easy Way

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits How to Apply for FMLA Leave In NH the Easy Way

How to Apply for FMLA Leave In NH the Easy Way

Trying to negotiate paid parental leave is often a stressful and tedious process. Since there are no federal mandates, benefits are left to the discretion of companies and individual states.

In New Hampshire, workers can take advantage of The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a law managed by the U.S. Department of Labor. The FMLA NH provides job protection to eligible employees, offering unpaid time off as needed for varying reasons.

Whether you are welcoming a new child into your family or need to care for a loved one, DoNotPay can help you understand the FMLA NH requirements to determine your eligibility and, if applicable, file an FMLA claim.

Who is Eligible for Parental Leave in New Hampshire?

To participate in FMLA NH, employees must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Worked for an employer in the state of New Hampshire for at least 12 months
  2. Worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months before requesting the leave
  3. Worked for a company that employs 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius

There are different eligibility requirements for members of the military and most federal employees.

The NH Paid Family Leave Act Does Not Guarantee Paid Time Off

There are currently only a handful of states that offer paid parental leave. Those offering such benefits include:

  • California 
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey 
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia

What Benefits Are Provided by FMLA NH

In New Hampshire, requested time off is unpaid through FMLA NH. Using accrued sick time or paid vacation days is an alternative for those that need to continue earning money while taking FMLA leave.

If you are deemed eligible to participate in the program, you can take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid time off during any twelve (12) month period.

What's the Difference Between FMLA NH and the Granite State Paid Family Leave Act?

In New Hampshire, there are two laws currently on the books, governing the rights of workers.

  1. FMLA NH

FMLA is a federal labor law established to protect the rights of working individuals in the United States. Employees can take time off from work without the risk of losing their job or health insurance coverage. The time off, however, is unpaid.

  1. Granite State Paid Family Leave Act

New Hampshire recently enacted a voluntary program that provides workers with the following benefits:

  • 60% wage replacement for eligible time off
  • Up to six (6) weeks of paid time off per calendar year

Businesses that elect to participate in the optional program must offer coverage before January 1, 2023. The new plan is strictly voluntary, and both workers and employers have the option to participate.

Private companies that elect to opt-in to the program will receive tax credits, and in return, must participate in payroll deductions. The law states that employees must receive a continuation of health insurance benefits while on leave for personal or medical reasons.

NH Maternity Leave and Other Reasons for Requesting Time Off Through the FMLA NH

Negotiating for time off is often a stressful process that many people would like to avoid. Knowing your rights and how to apply for FMLA is half the battle.

The most common reasons for requesting FMLA NH benefits include:

  • The birth of a child
  • The placement of a child for foster care or adoption
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition
  • Unable to perform job duties due to a debilitating health condition
  • A military member called to active duty status

How to Apply for FMLA NH

The first step in applying for FMLA NH is to contact your employer's Human Resources Department to request time off. There are several FMLA forms that you will have to fill out to determine if you have a qualifying event and meet FMLA NH requirements.

FMLA Medical Certification FormYou must provide certification that you are eligible for time off under the FMLA NH guidelines. The FMLA Medical Certification Form has to be filled out by your physician to verify your medical condition. The FMLA form must be returned within 15 days from the date of the original request for time off.
FMLA Notification FormOnce approved, you must submit an FMLA Notification Form within two days of your acceptance. If the forms are not completed on time, the request can be delayed or denied depending on the circumstance.

How to Request FMLA NH Time Off on Your Own

Maternity leave and parental leave have different benefits attached to them. In states such as Florida, there are no mandatory pregnancy laws. In New York, expectant mothers can get coverage through the FMLA and NYPFL Law, receiving up to eight (8) weeks of paid leave.

In New Hampshire, employees must know how to navigate the FMLA NH requirements and understand the guidelines for the new optional program that is currently available.

DoNotPay simplifies the process and helps you quickly determine which programs you may be eligible for. We can even send an FMLA request letter on your behalf.

Request FMLA NH With the Help of DoNotPay

DoNotPay is the perfect solution for simplifying your FMLA NH benefits. Let's face it, taking time off without pay is a stressful venture. Don't go it alone!

How to request parental leave using DoNotPay:

If you want to request parental leave but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 6 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 Use DoNotPay to Request FMLA NH Time Off?

Using DoNotPay to help you with FMLA NH is:

  • Fast—You don't need to waste time trying to find the right forms and notify the proper departments.
  • Easy—There are no lengthy phone calls or in-person appointments involved. Everything is done online from the convenience of your laptop.
  • Successful—You can be confident that we will make the best case for you.

Lean of the expertise of DoNotPay to guide you through the FMLA NH process every step of the way. You won't have to worry about filling out forms, meeting deadlines, or making phone calls to HR.

DoNotPay will handle everything so that all you have to worry about is taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

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