After you apply

After you apply

Paid Family and Medical Leave is here for you so you can be there when it matters most. And now that you’ve applied, there are a few things you should know while we process your application.

What to expect after you apply

Processing times

We know how important Paid Family and Medical Leave is to you, and we are working to process applications as quickly as we can. Demand for this new program continues to be very high. We’re committed to providing you updated information as quickly as we can. Read more.

Continue reading for tips on how you can ensure our review of your application goes smoothly.

Upload your required documentation.

Our Customer Care Team can’t make a decision on your application without your documentation.

All applications require some kind of documentation. You can upload your documents to your account from your benefit account homepage. Get instructions for uploading your documents on the technical support page.

All applications require proof of identity documents, like a copy of your driver license or passport.

Download the list of accepted documents

Applications for medical leave or leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition require medical certification from your or your family member’s healthcare provider.

Applications for family leave to bond with a child require proof of birth documentation.

Download the medical certification forms

Check your application status online.

You can check the status of your application online by logging in to your benefit account. On your benefit account homepage, you’ll see “Claim Status” listed in the box labeled, “Current Claim.”

  • “Submitted” means we’ve received your application but haven’t started processing it yet.
  • “In Review” means the Customer Care Team is reviewing your application. At this point they may reach out to you for additional information if needed.
  • “Approved” means your application has been approved. You will also receive a formal approval letter in the mail. Once your application is “approved” you will start filing weekly claims for all weeks for which you were approved.
  • “Denied” means your application has been denied. You will receive a letter in the mail that explains the reason for the denial.

File your weekly claim.

Once your application is approved, you can request benefit payments by filing weekly claims. It may take up to two weeks for your weekly claims to be processed.

Next steps:

What our processing times mean for you

You will get paid for all weeks from your approved leave start date.

Once your application is approved, you will start filing weekly claims for all weeks for which you were approved. For example, if it takes four weeks to process your application, you’ll file for four weeks and get those payments retroactively.

There is a process to request faster application processing if you have been waiting four or more weeks for your application to be processed and are facing financial hardship as a result of delayed payments. Learn more on the Hardship page.

Using paid time off before you are approved may affect your benefit payments.

Paid time off, like employer-provided vacation or sick leave, can’t be used at the same time as Paid Family and Medical Leave without affecting your benefit payment. If you use your employer’s paid time off while you wait for your application to be approved you will need to report that on your weekly claim. Your employer may offer a supplemental benefit, which can be paid time off designated as supplemental, and this will not affect your weekly payment. Ask your employer if this option is available to you.