Thursday, December 13, 2007

employment- FMLA - notice to employer

Sarnowski v. Airbrooke Limousine, Inc - 3d Circuit - December 12, 2007

This opinion contains a lot of good language about the requirement that an employee must give notice to the employer of the need for FMLA leave, 29 U.S.C. § 2612(e)(2)(B), 29 C.F.R. § 825.302(c). No formal written request for FMLA leave is necessary. Simple verbal notice is sufficient. The notice provision must be construed liberally. No magic words are required. The employee need not know or give the exact dates of the anticipated leave.