Do I need to tell my employer before I apply for benefits?

If you know you will need to take leave for a foreseeable event, like the birth of a child or a planned surgery, you need to give your employer 30 days’ notice in writing (emails, text messages and printed or handwritten notes all count). If you need to take leave for an unforeseeable event, like an accident or sudden illness, you need to tell your employer as soon as it is possible and practical for you to do so. If you are unable to provide notice yourself, someone else can do so on your behalf. For example, if you’re in emergency surgery, your spouse, parent, coworker or neighbor could send an email to your employer for you.


If you could have given your employer at least 30 days’ notice but chose not to, we may temporarily deny or delay your benefit payments.