FMLA and Rehab

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and are worried about losing your job or income if you seek help, you may be asking “is rehab covered under FMLA?” This article will explore What FMLA is, who qualifies for it, how to apply for it and how to explore addiction rehab under FMLA.

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What Is FMLA?

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a U.S. Labor Law designed to help people recover from chronic or relapsing medical issues (like addiction) without risking their employment. In short, under FMLA you can take three months off from your place of work to receive treatment and return to your job with no negative consequences.

Who Qualifies for FMLA?

The law requires that 3 things be true for you to qualify for FMLA leave:

  • You’ve had your job for 12 months (total, not consecutive).
  • In the past 12 months, you’ve worked 1,250 hours or more.
  • Your employer has at least 50 workers within 75 miles; OR is a public institution (like a school or university); OR is a local, state, or federal government institution. 

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How To Apply For FMLA:

Start by speaking to your human resources department. You’ll be surprised by how helpful they can be in answering the above questions. And although all conversations with HR are confidential, you don’t need to disclose the reason for your leave.

If you qualify based on the criteria above you’ll need to request a leave of absence. Keep in mind that:

  • Certain company policies require a 30-day notice before extended leave.
  • We are happy to help you get all the answers you need from your HR department, and help you fill out any needed paperwork. 
  • If HR asks the reason for your leave, you can say: a personal health condition which makes me currently unable to perform the essential functions of the job. This is language directly from the FMLA law, which satisfies the question and protects your privacy. 

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What Happens While I’m On Leave?:

Once your employer approves your request, your FMLA leave officially begins which means that:

  • You have up to 3 months of time off.  
  • Unless you use vacation time or make other arrangements, your leave is unpaid. 
  • You will continue to receive your company health insurance benefits.
  • When your leave ends, you are guaranteed the same or an equivalent job.

We Are Here to Help

Taking time off for treatment can be scary. If you need any guidance in talking to your HR rep or navigating the FMLA process, we are happy to help you any way we can. Every year, we help hundreds of people, just like you, get the time they need for the treatment they deserve. Call us 855-202-2138, email [email protected], or click the blue chat icon on the bottom right. 

“We are going to help you get in touch with your human resources department and get all the necessary paperwork in order. Once you have that, we’ll help you complete the paperwork, and then resubmit it back to your HR department so that your job is federally protected.” 
— Brandon McMillen.