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Demand Asher’s Law: Special FMLA Circumstances for parents of NICU babies
Being eligible for FMLA requires at least 1 year of employment on a job. However, if a mother delivers her baby early, she is left unprotected if she has not been on her job for the qualifying period. There should be a Special Circumstances qualifier for this situation. Even after the baby comes home from the NICU, there are a great deal of follow up appointments and sometimes therapy for the child’s development . Parents should not have their job at risk because they had their child early.
Why is this important?
Join me because I know what it’s like to have your job at risk because you don’t have job protection for things out of your control. My daughter was in the NICU for 6 months and still needed nurse care when she came home. She had 2 doctor appointments per week plus physical therapy. When I ran out of vacation/personal time my job was at risk because I didn’t qualify for FMLA. Let’s help other parents who face these dangers get the lawful protection they need. Let’s change FMLA to protect NICU parents who have children that need additional support without the fear of losing their job.