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  • can leave be extended? New York

    Im currently taking 12 weeks of fmla for pregnancy. 6 weeks paid, remainder unpaid.
    Due to go back to work in approximately 4 weeks.
    Is there any way to extend the leave (unpaid) or start another type of leave if the child is sick and requires me to be home longer?

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    That's entirely up to your employer. There is no additional guaranteed or protected leave.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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    • #3
      If you have a sick baby and are going to need additional time, bring it up to your employer now. By giving them the courtesy of notice, you give them time to see if they might willingly grant you additional leave and a chance to plan for your extended absence.
      I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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      • #4
        It's the employer's decision whether to allow any additional time off over the 12
        weeks of job protected FMLA.
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        • #5
          Is there any way to extend the leave (unpaid) or start another type of leave if the child is sick and requires me to be home longer?

          If you mean is there any further leave time available to you under any laws once your FMLA is exhausted, the answer is no. You certainly can ask your employer for additional maternity leave time (to which they can say no.) If you want to be sure to have some leave time available in case you will need it to care for your child, then you'll have to go back to work earlier than 12 weeks.

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          • #6
            Also keep in mind that FMLA is available only for serious health conditions, not for every day illnesses. If the baby had a cold, I can certainly understand that you'd want to stay home with him or her, but you could not use FMLA for that.
            The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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