Yes. Workers’ compensation pays wage replacement benefits but doesn’t protect your job. FMLA doesn’t pay wage replacement benefits, but can protect your job for up to 12 weeks, and also requires that group health insurance benefits be maintained for those 12 weeks. FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and to companies with more than 50 employees.
To qualify for FMLA (which is a federal law), you must have worked for your employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employees 50 or more employees within 75 miles.
If you are out of work, ask your human resources office for FMLA paperwork, which your physician will need to also complete.
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