New York State (upstate, if it makes a difference) here. My son was born this past March (2015) and I took a paid two-week leave of absence.
I work long hours and over the past 8 months I haven't had a chance to see him as much as I would like. My wife and I recently came into a bit of money, enough to supplement my income for 2 - 3 months, and I am wondering if it would be possible for me to take an unpaid FMLA leave so that I could spend some serious time with him before he's a toddler.
Let's assume my employer qualifies as an eligible FMLA employer (it does) and that I qualify as an eligible FMLA employee (I do).
According to the website, one can take an unpaid FMLA leave for:
The birth of a child and to bond with the newborn child within one year of birth.
I assume this means that I would qualify, and that I could take the leave right up until the day before his 1st birthday. However, I did already take a paid leave, and later on in that document they state:
Birth and bonding leave must be taken as a continuous block of leave unless the employer agrees to allow intermittent leave (e.g., allowing a parent to return to work on a part-time schedule for 10 weeks).
So I can't make heads or tails of the requirements here. I either qualify for the FMLA leave because my son was born within the last year, or I am disqualified because I already took a paid leave. Any thoughts?