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Family and Medical Leave Act – FMLA

Family and Medical Leave Act– FMLA


The 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).


United States Department of Labor Website has more information as well as FAQ’s

6 thoughts on “Family and Medical Leave Act – FMLA

  1. […] Family and Medical Leave Act – FMLA […]

  2. Kari says:

    I utilized the FMLA when I had my second baby. Thanks for sharing the info!

  3. Sometimes, the federal government really does get it right!

  4. This was great for me after I had my first baby. I actually decided over the term of the leave that I wanted to be a stay at home mom, so I appreciated that thinking time!

  5. There are times when the FMLA comes in really handy. We used it when Monster was born because he was in the NICU two hours away. His work was great with it.

  6. Paula Schuck says:

    This is so very important for families. Compassionate leave for family members makes everyone stronger in the long run.

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