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Yes, an employer can force an employee to use FMLA leave. In fact, an employer is legally REQUIRED to designate qualifying leave as FMLA. This is because it is the FMLA that protects you from termination while you are away from work. If your leave was not designated as FMLA, your employer could simply terminate you. So, this requirement actually exists for your own protection.
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