Along with claim forms, you will need to provide a number of documents for your qualifying military event. The first time you request leave for a qualifying military event, you may be required to provide a copy of the military member’s active duty orders or other documents issued by the military that includes the service member’s active duty status and details of the service. This information will only need to be provided once to the employer or carrier, unless another service member in your family is called to active duty.
Other documents include US Department of Labor Military Family Leave Certification (Federal Military Leave Form), Copy of Military Duty Papers, and other documents that relate to the type of qualifying event — like ceremony details or R&R orders. Information that will need to be provided as part of your completed claim include:
- Statement or description of appropriate facts about the qualifying event for which you are requesting Paid Family Leave.
- Approximate dates for the event and for time off. This includes start and end dates for any leave that lasts over a continuous period of time.
- If the leave is for an intermittent period of time, the frequency and duration of the leave time should be noted.
- If the qualifying leave event involves a third party, providing contact details for that third party as well as a nature of the meeting (ie, setting up childcare, meeting with a lawyer, etc.).
- If the qualifying event is for R&R, a copy of the R&R orders and other related documentation from the military, as well as dates, should be provided.
We recommend that you make copies of all your forms and documentation for your own personal records. This will help smooth over any hiccups during the process should information be found incomplete or missing.
If you provide the appropriate information and documentation for your leave, you should be covered. If your leave involves a third party, however, your carrier or employer may contact that third party to ensure that a meeting is scheduled to take place and that the nature of the meeting is as you described in your documentation. They may also contact the Department of Defense to request verification of the military member’s active duty status.
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