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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dads get FMLA leave too

Even though new dads have the same FMLA rights as new moms, technically I'm not on FMLA leave. I'll be in and out of the office over the next several weeks as we get acclimated to our new family member. New parents don't qualify for intermittent leave:

(a) Intermittent leave is FMLA leave taken in separate blocks of time due to a single qualifying reason. A reduced leave schedule is a leave schedule that reduces an employee's usual number of working hours per workweek, or hours per workday. A reduced leave schedule is a change in the employee's schedule for a period of time, normally from full-time to part-time.

(b) When leave is taken after the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care, an employee may take leave intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule only if the employer agrees. Such a schedule reduction might occur, for example, where an employee, with the employer's agreement, works part-time after the birth of a child, or takes leave in several segments. The employer's agreement is not required, however, for leave during which the mother has a serious health condition in connection with the birth of her child or if the newborn child has a serious health condition.

Donovan Joseph Hyman was born at 12:42 yesterday, 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and 18.25 inches. And, not that I'm biased, but he's the best looking baby in the nursery.

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