In my termination letter from my job, the stated reason for terminating my health insurance and employment is "during your extended absence you have exhausted your 12 weeks of FMLA leave and all vacation/personal time." I think that legally this 12 weeks of FMLA leave is the only time period a disabled employee's job would be obviously protected while they are on disability leave as I was. I have found on the internet that the FMLA requires an employer to notify the employee, in writing, when their FMLA leave officially starts, and only then does the clock start counting down the 12 weeks. I never received any notification from my employer about my FMLA leave starting. I hadn't even thought if it until I read it in my termination letter. If this is true, wouldn't I still be entitled to the 12 weeks of health coverage and employment protection since, the way I am interpreting this, my absence up to now was not covered under the FMLA, which is guaranteed to the employee by Federal law, because I was never notified by my employer that it had officially started? I hope someone out there can answer this question. Thanks!!