I am considering the option of returning to work on a part-time basis (intermittent FMLA) prior to the end of my 12 weeks FMLA. My assumption was that by putting in some working hours in the final weeks, I would use less FMLA hours therefore extending the 12 weeks a bit. This article seems to indicate that's how it works.
In speaking with our HR department yesterday, I was told that FMLA is up when your 12 weeks is up, regardless of the hours worked intermittently.
A bit of Google searching turned up some articles that imply that with FMLA you basically have 480 hours (40 hours/week x 12 weeks) to use so I am trying to confirm whether FMLA ends when the hours are exhausted, or when the 12 weeks is up.
Assuming this would work with my employer, a possible return-to-work scenario could be;
Does anybody have experience with this? I'm wondering if it is the employer's call as to when FMLA ends or if you do, in fact, have 480 hours to "chip away at" for an extended period of time.
Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts!