FMLA FORMS TEMPORARILY "DE-LINKED" FROM WEBSITE
Need FMLA Forms?
LV Local members are reporting problems getting
their FMLA certifications accepted. More
often then not their completed APWU FMLA forms
are returned to them as incomplete by the FMLA
Coordinator in Harrisburg. The Coordinator
also includes a highlighted Department of Labor
for WH-380 with instructions to fill out the
highlighted portions. Obtaining FMLA
certification is supposed to be a simple and
painless process. However, it is clear
that the USPS FMLA Coordinators are attempting
to frustrate members to the point that they give
up their attempt to get FMLA certification.
In some cases the FMLA Coordinators are telling
members that the APWU forms are "unacceptable"
and that a WH-380 must be submitted.
no mistake - The APWU FMLA forms are
proper FMLA forms which have been accepted by
the USPS at the National Level. In fact,
any form is acceptable as long as
the necessary information is included. A
member could request FMLA using a Kleenex as
long as all the needed info is present.
the APWU Forms are OK, why has the local stopped
handing them out? The LV Local stands by
the notion that the forms are valid and
acceptable. We are working within the
avenues available to us to rectify this problem.
Until this dispute is resolved, the Coordinators
will continue to reject FMLA forms.
We are confident that this will be resolved in
our favor. However, until then the only
person suffering is the member who is forced to
make a second (or third) trip to the doctor with
a new form.
LV Local is recommending that, for the time
being, members use the Dept. of Labor form
WH-380 for their initial FMLA certification
request. This will remove a major obstacle
to acceptance of the condition and deprive the
FMLA Coordinators of their "technical"
objection. The Dept of Labor form is
available in two forms: WH-380-E for an
employees own condition and WH-380-F for a
family members condition. These forms can
be downloaded using the links to the right.