The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave each calendar year (26 weeks for military family member injury).
Qualifying Reasons for FMLA Absence
- Employee Health Condition
- Family Member Health Condition
- Adoption/Foster Care Placement
- Military Family Member Injury
- Family Member Called to Active Duty in a Foreign Country
Absence from work may be a continuous leave, a reduced schedule, or intermittent.
Payment during FMLA absence: FMLA is absence protection, not necessarily paid absence from work. Paid leave accruals are applied concurrently with FMLA when both are available. To be paid during FMLA, employees must have sick leave, vacation, or comp time available, as applicable. When FMLA and unpaid medical leave overlap, refer to the Unpaid Medical Leave section for more information.