Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States Labor Law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to care for a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or recover from their own serious illness. 

    Who qualifies for FMLA?

    • In order to be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for the district for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours over the 12 months prior to needing a leave. 

     

    What happens if I don’t qualify for FMLA but I need to take a medical leave?

    • Your Leave Representative is best able to discuss the leave options available to you if you do not qualify for FMLA after you submit your request.
    • You may qualify for a 30 day unpaid medical leave, or a Long Term Leave of Absence if you have been with the district over one year.
    • After you have exhausted all leave options, your Leave Representative can discuss with you the options at that time, which may include retirement, resignation or termination.

Steps to Request a Leave

  • Steps for Requesting FMLA or a LOA:

    1. Download the Leave Request Packet below.
    2. Complete the Leave Request Form contained in the packet and email to leave@olatheschools.org
    3. Complete Section 1 of the Certification of Health Care Provider Form contained in the packet below and give to your medical professional. The paperwork can be returned to the Leave Representative by fax or email.
    4. Once the packet is complete, email the paperwork to leave@olatheschools.org.  

     

     

    Contact Information:

    Fax Number: (913) 780-8008

     

    leave@olatheschools.org 

     

    All questions should be emailed to the leave@olatheschools.org.