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 FMLA/LOA specialist 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 specialist can discuss with you the options at that time, which may include retirement, resignation or termination. The specialist will guide as to whom to connect with at this time  

     

    How do I determine if I qualify for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or LOA (Leave of Absence)?

    • The first step is to complete a Family or Medical Leave Request Form that is linked on this website. The forms can be returned by fax to (913) 780-8008 or by email to your particular specialist:
      • Veronica Henson for employees whose home buildings are located to the East side of I-35 and all Food Production Staff regardless of their assigned building
      • Jessie Salsbury for employees whose home buildings are located to the West side of I-35

FMLA or LOA

  • All FMLA and LOA requests are divided by building between two FMLA Specialists:

    • Veronica Henson - employees whose home buildings are located to the East side of I-35 and all Food Production Staff regardless of their assigned building.
    • Jessie Salsbury - employees whose home buildings are located to the West side of I-35

     

    Steps for Requesting FMLA or a LOA:

    1. Download the FMLA or LOA Request Packet below.
    2. Complete the FMLA or Medical Leave Request Form contained in the packet.
    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 FMLA/LOA Specialist by fax or email.
    4. Once the packet is complete, email the paperwork to your FMLA Specialist and set an phone call appointment time to discuss the specifics of your leave.

    Jessie Salsbury at https://calendly.com/jessiefmla 

    Veronica Henson at https://calendly.com/vhensonfmla/call

     

    Contact Information:

    Fax Number: (913) 780-8008

    Jessie Salsbury: jjsalsbury@olatheschools.org

    Veronica Henson: vhenson@olatheschools.org