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Nebraska Leave Laws

Family Leave

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Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for Family Leave you must work for a state agency in the State classified personnel system and have:

  1. At least 12 total months of service, and
  2. At least 1,250 hours of paid service in the previous 12-month period.

How Much Leave Will I Get?

12 weeks of unpaid leave.

What Are Legitimate Reasons To Use Leave?

  1. Because of your own serious health condition
  2. In order to care for the serious health condition of your spouse, child or parent;
  3. Because of the birth of your child;
  4. Because of adoption or the placement of a foster child;

Who Is A Spouse?

Under the Nebraska Family Leave Law, "spouse" does not include unmarried domestic partners.

Who Is A Child?

"Child" includes step-children, foster children, or even other children who are in your home for more than the short-term, such as legal wards.

Who Is A Parent?

"Parent" includes individuals other than biological or adoptive parents who served a long-term parental role for you. "Parent" does not include your mother-in law or father-in-law.

What Notice Do I Need To Provide?

You must provide a minimum of 30-days notice. However, where your need for leave is not foreseeable 30 days ahead of time, you must give notice as early as possible.

Is A Doctor's Note Required?

You must provide certification by a health care provider. The certification must include:

  1. The date the serious health condition began.
  2. The probable duration of the condition.
  3. Any other appropriate medical facts.
  4. A statement explaining why you are needed to care for your child, spouse or parent, OR a statement explaining why you are unable to perform the functions of your job.
  5. If you are seeking to take leave a little at a time, a statement explaining the planned medical treatment, the expected dates, and the duration of the treatment.

What Happens To My Health Insurance While I Am On Leave?

As long as you continue to make any contributions required on your part, your employer health insurance contributions must continue as well.

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