What are the employer's FMLA responsibilities?

Covered employers are required to inform the employee who is requesting FMLA leave whether he or she is eligible under the FMLA.  If the employee is eligible, the employer must inform the employee of his or her rights and responsibilities.  If the employee is not eligible, the employer is required to provide the employee with a reason for the ineligibility.  In addition, covered employers are required to inform the employee whether the leave will be designated as FMLA-protected leave, and the amount of leave counted against their FMLA entitlement.  If an employer determines that a leave is not FMLA-protected, the employer must notify the employee.