Candy S. on May 29, 2019
I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer in Nov 2017 and have been on 3 different rounds of chemo since. I'm told this is considered a chronic condition in which I will be treated for the rest of my life. My chemo medications change each time the disease progresses (about every 5-6 months so far). With each new med comes new side effects. Because I had worked for my company for 8 years, I knew I qualified for FMLA. I applied for Intermittent FMLA when I was diagnosed in Nov, 2017. I was able to continue working FT hours as a RN in L&D for 5 months until my chemo meds had to change. In May 2018 I went on STD and renewed my FMLA. I was able to still work about 3-8hr shifts/week at a desk. In Nov 2018, my chemo meds had to change again and my STD turned in LTD. I'm still able to work about 3-8hr shifts a week (modified accommodations). The current chemo regimen will continue until it needs to change again. I'll be due to renew my FMLA in Nov. this year. I've read I have to work 1250 hours "for the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave". The quote is taken from Fact Sheet #28 U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. My question is since I have been on a reduced work schedule for a year (will be 1 1/2 years in Nov), am I held to the 1250 hours in order to renew? Or is the 1250 hours a requirement before I initially applied for FMLA in Nov 2017?