Do I have to specifically mention the FMLA to be entitled to leave?

No.  An employee is not required to specifically mention the Family Medical Leave Act to be entitled to FMLA leavet.  What an employee must do is provide the employer with enough information to support a reasonable conclusion by the employer that the employee may need FMLA leave. 

Lexington, Kentucky FMLA lawyer Robert Abell represents employees in cases under the FMLA; contact him at 859-254-7076.