How do I apply for benefits?

  • How do I apply?

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, you’ll be able to apply for paid leave benefits online.

    The complete process is still in development, but we know you’ll need to create an account, complete an application and upload documentation that proves you experienced a qualifying event. The application includes details like your name, contact information, Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, birthdate and the type of leave you’re requesting, as well as the dates you expect your leave to begin and end, and the date you gave notice to your employer that you planned to take leave. You will also review our records of your employment information for accuracy.

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  • What kind of documentation will I need to provide?

    We require documentation that proves you experienced an event that qualifies you to take paid leave. The types of documentation you’ll need depend on the reason you’re requesting leave, but generally:

    • For medical leave for yourself, or family leave to care for someone else during their serious illness or after an injury, you will need the patient’s healthcare provider to complete our Certification of Serious Health Condition form and then you will upload it during the application process.
    • For family leave related to a covered military deployment, event or activity, you’ll need to provide documentation like active duty orders.
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  • 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.

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  • Will you tell my employer I applied for benefits?

    When you apply for benefits, we will send a notice to your employer that lists the type of leave you’re applying for (medical or family), the dates you expect your leave to begin and end, and the date you gave your employer notice of your intent to take leave.

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