Jackson, MI asked in Employment Law for Michigan

Q: Currently on unemployment, Granted LOA from employer, for spouse health issues. Company wants me on FMLA.

My wife has severe asthma issues,and severe rheumatoid arthritis. I took the LOA because of covid 19,contracting and bringing it home is a major worry. Im a truck driver that travels to Illinois,indiana and thus come into contact with people from other states where our truck terminals are located. So the question remains: Since I have been granted unemployment, due to my spouse's situation...Where would I stand as far as being put on FMLA by my company?? would I still be eligible to receive unemployment?.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Great question! FMLA could preserve your job longterm. However, you would not also be entitled to unemployment. Your compensation would come in the form of any sick time or other benefits your company offers.

What some people do not realize with the enhanced unemployment compensation is that it will end, and just at a time when many other people will also remain unemployed. And with used eligibility, you may find yourself in July or August without unemployment and without a job.

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