The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that gives employees job-protected, unpaid time off for certain family and medical events. Employees who meet certain eligibility requirements receive up to 12 work weeks of leave for most FMLA-qualifying reasons, which include their own serious health conditions; to care for a parent, spouse or child with a serious health condition; for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child with an employee; as well as leave relating to a family member’s call to military duty. (An employee may be entitled to up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave to care for an injured military service member.)
Please note: There are also state laws that provide family and medical leave rights in addition to what is provided under the FMLA. Therefore, it is important to ensure that applicable state laws are being followed. Contact your Human Resources representative for more information.
The FMLA is complex. You should contact your HR representative or consult your HR policies and procedures if you have questions. For additional information, you can also consult the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.