Family and Medical Leave Act

Through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covered employers are required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for specified family and medical reasons. 

To be eligible to use FMLA, employees must have worked a period of 12 months and 1250 hours with their employer during the year preceding the start of the leave. FMLA may be used continuously, intermittently and/or as a reduced schedule. Although FMLA is an unpaid job-protected leave, it runs concurrently with available paid leave, short-term and long-term disability, and worker's compensation.

Qualifying for FMLA

Qualifying reasons for FMLA leave include, but are not limited to:

  • Birth of the employee's child and care for that child.
  • Placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care.
  • To care for a spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition.
  • For treatment of a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his or her job.

Learn more about FMLA and qualifying reasons for leave. 

To Apply

Employees can apply for leave under FMLA by submitting the following forms:

Military Family Leave

FMLA also provides job-protected leave from work for certain military family leave reasons. Eligible employees are entitled to:

  • Up to 12 weeks of leave because of any qualifying exigency.
  • Up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member.

Learn more about qualifying reasons related to covered service member's or exigency's related to covered active duty.

FMLA Resources