The Family Medical Leave Act
The FMLA entitles eligible employees 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.
Written medical documentation from a licensed provider is required. See section on Leaves of Absence.
Eligible employees are entitled to:
Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month “rolling” period for:
- the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
- a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
- 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;
- 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 service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).