Form WH-381 "Notice of Eligibility & Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act"

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Notice of Eligibility & Rights and Responsibilities
U.S. Department of Labor
under the Family and Medical Leave Act
Wage and Hour Division
DO NOT SEND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
OMB Control Number: 1235-0003
PROVIDE TO EMPLOYEE.
Expires: 6/30/2023
In general, to be eligible to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee must have worked
for an employer for at least 12 months, meet the hours of service requirement in the 12 months preceding the leave, and
work at a site with at least 50 employees within 75 miles. While use of this form is optional, a fully completed Form WH-
381 provides employees with the information required by 29 C.F.R. §§ 825.300(b), (c) which must be provided within five
business days of the employee notifying the employer of the need for FMLA leave. Information about the FMLA may be
found
on the WHD website at
www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla.
Date: ___________________________
(mm/dd/yyyy)
From: ___________________________________
To: ______________________________________
(Employer)
(Employee)
On __________________
, we learned that you need leave
_____________________
(mm/dd/yyyy)
(beginning on)
(mm/dd/yyyy)
for one of the following reasons:
(Select as appropriate)
 The birth of a child, or placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care, and to bond with the newborn or
newly-placed child
 Your own serious health condition
 You are needed to care for your family member due to a serious health condition. Your family member is your:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child under age 18  Child 18 years or older and incapable of self-
care because of a mental or physical disability
 A qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that your family member is on covered active duty or has been notified of
an impending call or order to covered active duty status. Your family member on covered active duty is your:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child of any age
 You are needed to care for your family member who is a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness. You
are the servicemember’s:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child
 Next of kin
Spouse means a husband or wife as defined or recognized in the state where the individual was married, including in a common law
marriage or same-sex marriage. The terms “child” and “parent” include in loco parentis relationships in which a person assumes the
obligations of a parent to a child. An employee may take FMLA leave to care for an individual who assumed the obligations of a parent
to the employee when the employee was a child. An employee may also take FMLA leave to care for a child for whom the employee
has assumed the obligations of a parent. No legal or biological relationship is necessary.
SECTION I – NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY
This Notice is to inform you that you are:
 Eligible for FMLA leave.
(See Section II for any Additional Information Needed and Section III for information on your Rights
and Responsibilities.)
 Not eligible for FMLA leave because:
(Only one reason need be checked)
 You have not met the FMLA’s 12-month length of service requirement. As of the first date of requested leave,
you will have worked approximately: __________ towards this requirement.
(months)
 You have not met the FMLA’s 1,250 hours of service requirement. As of the first date of requested leave, you
will have worked approximately: _______________towards this requirement.
(hours of service)
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Form WH-381, Revised June 2020
Notice of Eligibility & Rights and Responsibilities
U.S. Department of Labor
under the Family and Medical Leave Act
Wage and Hour Division
DO NOT SEND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
OMB Control Number: 1235-0003
PROVIDE TO EMPLOYEE.
Expires: 6/30/2023
In general, to be eligible to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee must have worked
for an employer for at least 12 months, meet the hours of service requirement in the 12 months preceding the leave, and
work at a site with at least 50 employees within 75 miles. While use of this form is optional, a fully completed Form WH-
381 provides employees with the information required by 29 C.F.R. §§ 825.300(b), (c) which must be provided within five
business days of the employee notifying the employer of the need for FMLA leave. Information about the FMLA may be
found
on the WHD website at
www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla.
Date: ___________________________
(mm/dd/yyyy)
From: ___________________________________
To: ______________________________________
(Employer)
(Employee)
On __________________
, we learned that you need leave
_____________________
(mm/dd/yyyy)
(beginning on)
(mm/dd/yyyy)
for one of the following reasons:
(Select as appropriate)
 The birth of a child, or placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care, and to bond with the newborn or
newly-placed child
 Your own serious health condition
 You are needed to care for your family member due to a serious health condition. Your family member is your:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child under age 18  Child 18 years or older and incapable of self-
care because of a mental or physical disability
 A qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that your family member is on covered active duty or has been notified of
an impending call or order to covered active duty status. Your family member on covered active duty is your:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child of any age
 You are needed to care for your family member who is a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness. You
are the servicemember’s:
 Spouse
 Parent
 Child
 Next of kin
Spouse means a husband or wife as defined or recognized in the state where the individual was married, including in a common law
marriage or same-sex marriage. The terms “child” and “parent” include in loco parentis relationships in which a person assumes the
obligations of a parent to a child. An employee may take FMLA leave to care for an individual who assumed the obligations of a parent
to the employee when the employee was a child. An employee may also take FMLA leave to care for a child for whom the employee
has assumed the obligations of a parent. No legal or biological relationship is necessary.
SECTION I – NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY
This Notice is to inform you that you are:
 Eligible for FMLA leave.
(See Section II for any Additional Information Needed and Section III for information on your Rights
and Responsibilities.)
 Not eligible for FMLA leave because:
(Only one reason need be checked)
 You have not met the FMLA’s 12-month length of service requirement. As of the first date of requested leave,
you will have worked approximately: __________ towards this requirement.
(months)
 You have not met the FMLA’s 1,250 hours of service requirement. As of the first date of requested leave, you
will have worked approximately: _______________towards this requirement.
(hours of service)
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Form WH-381, Revised June 2020
Employee Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
 You are an airline flight crew employee and you have not met the special hours of service eligibility requirements
for airline flight crew employees as of the first date of requested leave (i.e., worked or been paid for at least 60%
of your applicable monthly guarantee, and worked or been paid for at least 504 duty hours.)
 You do not work at and/or report to a site with 50 or more employees within 75-miles as of the date of your
request.
If you have any questions, please contact: ________________________________________
(Name of employer representative)
at
_________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Contact information).
SECTION II – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NEEDED
As explained in Section I, you meet the eligibility requirements for taking FMLA leave. Please review the information
below to determine if additional information is needed in order for us to determine whether your absence qualifies as FMLA
leave. Once we obtain any additional information specified below we will inform you, within 5 business days, whether
your leave will be designated as FMLA leave and count towards the FMLA leave you have available. If complete and
sufficient information is not provided in a timely manner, your leave may be denied.
(Select as appropriate)
 No additional information requested. If no additional information requested, go to Section III.
 We request that the leave be supported by a certification, as identified below.
 Health Care Provider for the Employee
 Health Care Provider for the Employee’s Family Member
 Qualifying Exigency
 Serious Illness or Injury
(Military Caregiver Leave)
Selected certification form is  attached /  not attached.
If requested, medical certification must be returned by ______________________
(mm/dd/yyyy) (Must allow at least 15
calendar days from the date the employer requested the employee to provide certification, unless it is not feasible despite the employee’s
diligent, good faith efforts.)
We request that you provide reasonable documentation or a statement to establish the relationship between you and
your family member, including in loco parentis relationships (as explained on page one). The information requested
must be returned to us by ____________________
You may choose to provide a simple statement of the
(mm/dd/yyyy).
relationship or provide documentation such as a child’s birth certificate, a court document, or documents regarding
foster care or adoption-related activities. Official documents submitted for this purpose will be returned to you after
examination.
 Other information needed (e.g. documentation for military family leave): ________________________________.
The information requested must be returned to us by _____________________
).
(mm/dd/yyyy
If you have any questions, please contact: ________________________________________
(Name of employer representative)
__________________________________________________________________________
at
(Contact information).
SECTION III – NOTICE OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Part A: FMLA Leave Entitlement
You have a right under the FMLA to take unpaid, job-protected FMLA leave in a 12-month period for certain family and
medical reasons, including up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for the birth of a child or placement of a
child for adoption or foster care, for leave related to your own or a family member’s serious health condition, or for certain
qualifying exigencies related to the deployment of a military member to covered active duty. You also have a right
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Form WH-381, Revised June 2020
Employee Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
under the FMLA to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid, job-protected FMLA leave in a single 12-month period to care for a
covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness (Military Caregiver Leave).
The 12-month period for FMLA leave is calculated as:
(Select as appropriate)
 The calendar year (January 1
st
- December 31
st
)
 A fixed leave year based on _____________________________________________________________
(e.g., a fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30)
 The 12-month period measured forward from the date of your first FMLA leave usage.
 A “rolling” 12-month period measured backward from the date of any FMLA leave usage.
(Each time an employee
takes FMLA leave, the remaining leave is the balance of the 12 weeks not used during the 12 months immediately before
the FMLA leave is to start.)
If applicable, the single 12-month period for Military Caregiver Leave started on ______________________
).
(mm/dd/yyyy
You ( are /  are not) considered a key employee as defined under the FMLA. Your FMLA leave cannot be denied for
this reason; however, we may not restore you to employment following FMLA leave if such restoration will cause
substantial and grievous economic injury to us.
We ( have /  have not) determined that restoring you to employment at the conclusion of FMLA leave will cause
substantial and grievous economic harm to us. Additional information will be provided separately concerning your status
as key employee and restoration.
Part B: Substitution of Paid Leave – When Paid Leave is Used at the Same Time as FMLA Leave
You have a right under the FMLA to request that your accrued paid leave be substituted for your FMLA leave. This means
that you can request that your accrued paid leave run concurrently with some or all of your unpaid FMLA leave, provided
you meet any applicable requirements of our leave policy. Concurrent leave use means the absence will count against both
the designated paid leave and unpaid FMLA leave at the same time. If you do not meet the requirements for taking paid
leave, you remain entitled to take available unpaid FMLA leave in the applicable 12-month period. Even if you do not
request it, the FMLA allows us to require you to use your available sick, vacation, or other paid leave during your FMLA
absence.
(Check all that apply)
 Some or all of your FMLA leave will not be paid. Any unpaid FMLA leave taken will be designated as FMLA
leave and counted against the amount of FMLA leave you have available to use in the applicable 12-month period.
 You have requested to use some or all of your available paid leave
during your FMLA
(e.g., sick, vacation, PTO)
leave. Any paid leave taken for this reason will also be designated as FMLA leave and counted against the amount of
FMLA leave you have available to use in the applicable 12-month period.
 We are requiring you to use some or all of your available paid leave
during your FMLA
(e.g., sick, vacation, PTO)
leave. Any paid leave taken for this reason will also be designated as FMLA leave and counted against the amount of
FMLA leave you have available to use in the applicable 12-month period.
Other:
(e.g., short- or long-term disability, workers’ compensation, state medical leave law, etc.)_________________________
Any time taken for this reason will also be designated as FMLA leave and counted against the amount of
FMLA leave you have available to use in the applicable 12-month period.
The applicable conditions for use of paid leave include: ____________________________________________________.
For more information about conditions applicable to sick/vacation/other paid leave usage please refer to _____________
__________________________________________ available at: ____________________________________________.
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Employee Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Part C: Maintain Health Benefits
Your health benefits must be maintained during any period of FMLA leave under the same conditions as if you continued
to work. During any paid portion of FMLA leave, your share of any premiums will be paid by the method normally used
during any paid leave. During any unpaid portion of FMLA leave, you must continue to make any normal contributions to
the cost of the health insurance premiums. To make arrangements to continue to make your share of the premium payments
on your health insurance while you are on any unpaid FMLA leave, contact ____________________________ at
_____________________________________.
You have a minimum grace period of ( 30-days or  _____________ indicate longer period, if applicable) in which to
make premium payments. If payment is not made timely, your group health insurance may be cancelled, provided we notify
you in writing at least 15 days before the date that your health coverage will lapse, or, at our option, we may pay your share
of the premiums during FMLA leave, and recover these payments from you upon your return to work.
You may be required to reimburse us for our share of health insurance premiums paid on your behalf during your FMLA
leave if you do not return to work following unpaid FMLA leave for a reason other than: the continuation, recurrence, or
onset of your or your family member’s serious health condition which would entitle you to FMLA leave; or the continuation,
recurrence, or onset of a covered servicemember’ s serious injury or illness which would entitle you to FMLA leave; or
other circumstances beyond your control.
Part D: Other Employee Benefits
Upon your return from FMLA leave, your other employee benefits, such as pensions or life insurance, must be resumed in
the same manner and at the same levels as provided when your FMLA leave began. To make arrangements to continue
your employee benefits while you are on FMLA leave, contact _______________________________________________
at _________________________________________________.
Part E: Return-to-Work Requirements
You must be reinstated to the same or an equivalent job with the same pay, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment
on your return from FMLA-protected leave. An equivalent position is one that is virtually identical to your former position
in terms of pay, benefits, and working conditions. At the end of your FMLA leave, all benefits must also be resumed in the
same manner and at the same level provided when the leave began. You do not have return-to-work rights under the FMLA
if you need leave beyond the amount of FMLA leave you have available to use.
Part F: Other Requirements While on FMLA Leave
While on leave you ( will be /  will not be) required to furnish us with periodic reports of your status and intent to
return to work every ________________________________________________________________________________.
.
(Indicate interval of periodic reports, as appropriate for the FMLA leave situation)
If the circumstances of your leave change and you are able to return to work earlier than expected,
you will be required to notify us at least two workdays prior to the date you intend to report for work.
PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT NOTICE AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT
It is mandatory for employers to provide employees with notice of their eligibility for FMLA protection and their rights and
responsibilities. 29 U.S.C. § 2617; 29 C.F.R. § 825.300(b), (c). It is mandatory for employers to retain a copy of this disclosure in their
records for three years. 29 U.S.C. § 2616; 29 C.F.R. § 825.500. Persons are not required to respond to this collection of information
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Department of Labor estimates that it will take an average of 10 minutes
for respondents to complete this collection of information, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. If you have any comments
regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, send
them to the Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20210.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
DO NOT SEND THE COMPLETED FORM TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. EMPLOYEE INFORMATION.
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