Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)


    FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:

    • Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:

      • the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;

      • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;

      • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;

      • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;

      • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or

    • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).


    Eligible Employees

    Only eligible employees are entitled to take FMLA leave. An eligible employee is one who:

    • Works for a covered employer;

    • Has worked for the employer for at least 12 months;

    • Has at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave; and

    • Works at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles.


    U.S. Department of Labor: FMLA Employee Guide


    You can visit the U.S. Department of Labor FMLA website at


    Questions? Call Human Resources at 845-229-4016.