The Paid Family & Medical Leave benefits review process begins once you’ve talked to your employer, created your account, provided documents and submitted your application.
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The fastest way to start receiving benefits is to submit your application online.
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As soon as the Department of Family & Medical Leave receives your completed application and documents we will notify your employer.
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Notifying your employer could take up to 5 days after we receive your materials.
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Your employer has up to 10 business days to review your application.
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Then DFML reviews your application and your employer’s response.
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If your employer doesn’t respond, DFML still processes your application.
On-screen text reads: “After 10 days DFML will process your application.”
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At any time during the process, we may contact you by phone, email, or mail if we have any questions or if any documents are missing or incomplete.
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You can check the status of your application - whether it’s been approved, denied or is pending- by logging in to your account
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You’ll typically be notified of our decision within two weeks after your employer responds.
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If your application is denied, you have 10 calendar days to appeal by mail or online. You’ll be instructed how to appeal in the denial notice you receive.
On-screen text reads: “If denied, you may appeal DFML’s decision”
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Once your application is approved, you’ll be on track to get payments by direct deposit or check, whichever you choose.
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If your leave is in the future, payments will begin 2 to 4 weeks after your leave begins. If your leave has already begun, your first payment will be sent 2 weeks after your leave is approved.
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2-4 Weeks after leave starts
2 Weeks after your leave is approved
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Learn more about applying for paid leave benefits.
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