Employees can't opt out of FMLA leave.

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Some organizations allow their employees to exhaust their paid leave before starting the clock on that worker's 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave. However, the FMLA clock must start at the same time as the paid leave begins, the U.S. Department of Labor clarified in a new opinion letter. (FMLA2019-A)

The DOL said that neither employees nor employers can decline to designate FMLA-qualifying leave as such. For example, that means...

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