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Is it legal to look for another job while out on FMLA leave?

Seattle, WA |

Can I LOOK for another job while out on FMLA?

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Attorney answers 1


You are free to look for another job at any time you so desire.

Bear in mind, however, that if you are an "at will" employee, you can also be terminated at anytime your emplyer so desires. They cannot fire you just because you are out on leave under th FMLA, however, that does not forecose the possibility of termination.

While most employer's will be understandably cautious in such actions with emplyees out on FMLA leave, I would recommend that you be discreet in your job search.