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Do you have to take all your FMLA time off at once?

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You don’t have to take your leave all at once. Depending on why you’re taking leave, you may be able to take the 12 weeks in smaller chunks or work a reduced schedule. But if you’re working a shorter or intermittent schedule, your employer can temporarily place you in an alternative job with equal pay and benefits that better accommodates you.

AARP Public Policy Institute: Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving on Work, Fact Sheet.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

Minnesota Board on Aging: “Work & Caregiving: Finding Balance, Minnesota Board on Aging.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

AARP: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “FMLA (Family and Medical Leave),” “Wage and Hour Division (FMLA),” “FMLA Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

AARP Public Policy Institute: Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving on Work, Fact Sheet.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

Minnesota Board on Aging: “Work & Caregiving: Finding Balance, Minnesota Board on Aging.”

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

AARP: “Balancing Work and Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “FMLA (Family and Medical Leave),” “Wage and Hour Division (FMLA),” “FMLA Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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