How to Request Paid Parental Leave?

Parental Leave Requests & Benefits How to Request Paid Parental Leave?

How to Request Paid Parental Leave?

Did you know that some states require companies to offer paid parental leave to their employees who have a child? It is a great way to both encourage people to celebrate the life of their newborn child and also provide them with some relief from the financial stress that having a child can cause. It is vital to know how to apply for paid parental leave, how to ensure that you get all of the benefits that are due to you, and how DoNotPay can help make all of this happen for you.

Demystifying FMLA and How it Applies to Parental Leave

The law that drives parental leave is called the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This federal law guarantees new parents an extended absence fom work without fear of losing their source of income. FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid job protection in the event of serious health conditions as well as the birth of a child. It’s important to not that FMLA does not guarantee that this tim off from work is paid.

Who Qualifies for Paid Parental Leave? 

Many states in the country offer parental leave as a benefit of working for an employer of a certain size within that state. However, only a few of those states also require that the leave be paid by the employer.

Those states include:

Most of the other states do have parental leave policies, but they are not paid. That said, some employers voluntarily offer paid parental leave, and you should certainly check the handbook of anyone you go to work for to see if this is something that might be on the table should you decide to work for them. Again, it is not all that common, but there are some employers with forward-looking policies like this.

Qualifiying events for parental leave under FMLA include the following criteria:

  1. The birth of a newborn baby
  2. The adoption of a new child
  3. The placement of a foster child with the employee

There are also several qualifications that must be met for a new parent to qualify as a recognized employee:

Time of employmentYou must have been an employee for 12 months or 1,250 hours to qualify
Size of the companyThe company must employ 50+ employees
Location The company must employ the above employees within a 75 mile radius

How to Apply for Paid Parental Leave

Most of the states that offer paid parental leave also offer an online portal that you can access to apply for your benefits. If that doesn't work for you for some reason, then you may also apply by phone in most cases. That said, you may want to at least tap the online resources offered by your state before you dive right in. There are often important forms and other information that you need on those websites ready for you to use when you get the chance. One example is the Colorado Division of Human Resources website. They have bounties of information regarding the paid parental leave program and the various forms you need to fill out in order to apply.

Regardless of if you apply online, over the phone, or even through the mail, you will need these forms handy.

If that sounds like too much work for you, then you might want to consider going over to the DoNotPay website instead. The beauty of what DoNotPay offers is:

  • All of the information you need is in one place; no more hopping from website to website.
  • DoNotPay keeps up with changing state laws to get you the most current and accurate information possible regarding paid parental leave in your state.
  • You can plug in your information and auto-populate some of the forms that can then be sent off where they need to go.

Instead of trying to do detective work on your own and find the proper forms and procedures for applying for paid parental leave in your state, you might want to first consider using DoNotPay to make the process a lot faster.

Using DoNotPay to Apply for Paid Parental Leave

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 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. 

Why DoNotPay Is Your Trusted Resource For Getting It Done Right 

When you are becoming a new parent and trying to work out the logistics of this major life change, you hardly have time to look through various governmental resources to try to figure out how to access the money you are entitled to. DoNotPay can make this process happen for you and take this little piece of extra work off your plate. After all, we could all stand to have a little less busywork to do each day.

DoNotPay is fast, easy, and accessible. Making your life a little easier one step at a time.

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