Your shipping department manager, Jack, is having knee replacement surgery next month. He has been told by his doctor that he should plan to be out of the office recuperating for three to six weeks. He has asked about Family Medical Leave (FMLA) eligibility. You have appropriately designated his anticipated time away as FMLA leave, since he has been with your company for over 12 months, met the hours of service requirement in the preceding 12 months, and works at a site with at least 50 employees within 75 miles.
Another employee, Caroline, has worked full time in your call center for a few years. Her mother fell and broke her hip last month. You’re aware of this because Caroline has mentioned visiting her at the rehab center before work. This morning Caroline called the office to let you know that her mother is being discharged earlier than expected. While recovering, she’ll still be wheelchair-bound and require assistance getting around the house, preparing meals, etc., until Caroline’s sister can come in from Cincinnati at the end of next week. She doesn’t mention FMLA in her call to you.
Are you required to notify Caroline of her potential eligibility for FMLA leave? The answer is yes.
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