My wife is going to use 12-weeks FMLA for child birth. 6-weeks of that will be unpaid (the other 6-weeks will be covered by accrued PTO and whatnot). She has already had the doctor fill out the necessary forms and put the employer on written notice.
Everything seems to be in order however now my wife's employer is telling her she needs to write the VP of the company to get permission to take the 6-weeks of unpaid leave. I'd understand if she were requesting unpaid leave for vacation or something of that nature, but what they are telling my wife doesn't sound right. We are concerned that when we get close to the deadline they will deny her the last 6 unpaid weeks. FMLA guarantees her the 12-weeks regardless, right? Does anyone have any experience with this type of thing?