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My Mother is 86 and needs me to take her to a lot of medical treatments and appointments. Can I apply for FMLA to take off on day per week to help my Mother? I plan to make all of her appointments on the same day each week in an effort to help my employer plan ahead. I work at the VA.
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Thanks for your patience. The answer to your question is yes; you can apply for FMLA if it is take take care of your mother.

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) eligible employees may take up to twelve (12) weeks off of their position to care for themselves or a family member (this includes sons, daughters, and parents) that are dealing with a serious health condition. The employee is entitled to return to their same or similar job. A family member does not include in-laws, but does include a spouse and a child. or a parent. An eligible employee is one that has worked for their employer for the past twelve (12) months and has worked at least 1,250 hours in those past twelve (12) months. The employer must also be covered under FMLA before they are required to provide FMLA leave. A covered employer typically only has to have at least fifty (50) employees within a seventy-five (75) mile radius for at least twenty (20) workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. Also, an employer is required to provide employees with notice of their rights under the FMLA And is required to provide you with notice of your FMLA rights when they have knowledge of a triggering event.

Thus, so long as you and your employer both qualify, you can apply.

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