Paid Family and Medical Leave is a benefit for when a serious health condition prevents you from working or when you need time to care for a family member or new child. It provides paid time off when you need it most, offering stability and peace of mind of you can focus on what matters.
When they apply for benefits, the state will send a notice to the employer that lists the type of leave they’re applying for (medical or family), the dates they expect to be on leave and the date they gave their employer notice of their plan to take leave.
They must then experience a qualifying event. This event could be related to either family or medical leave. For example, an employee who is caring for their newborn would use family leave. An employee caring for themselves after a car accident would use medical leave.
After qualifying, the employee will file a claim with the Employment Security Department. This claim could be filed after the first missed day of work. In the car accident example, an employee could file their claim once they are physically able to. If the reason for leave is foreseeable, the employee must give you 30 days’ notice of their intention to take leave.
You will be notified of the employee’s claim for leave. A process for you to dispute the employee's claim will be developed in Phase 3 of Rulemaking. When the claim is approved, the employee receives their benefit payment within 14 days of the application. Payments are made biweekly after the first payment.
If you have 50 or more employees, the employee is eligible for job protection provided they have worked for you for 12 months or longer and have worked 1,250 hours in the year to date before the first day of leave.