Family Medical Leave

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 29 U.S.C. 2611, an employee who has been employed for at least 12 months and for 1,250 hours during the previous 12-month period shall be entitled to a total of 12 work weeks of leave without pay, without loss of any employment benefit accrued prior to the beginning of the leave, during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Because of the birth or adoption, including placement for foster care, of an employee's child and in order to care for the child, provided the leave is taken within 12 months of the birth, adoption or placement of the child. By written agreement between an employee and the District, this leave may be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule.
  • To care for the employee's spouse, child or parent if the spouse, child or parent has a serious health condition.
  • Because of the employee's serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform functions of his or her position.

Additionally, FMLA time (as noted) may be awarded for the following reasons:

  • 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member who is injured while on active duty (caregiver leave) and
  • 12 weeks of leave for urgent needs related to a family member’s current active military duty or a call to active military duty (active-duty leave).

Forms and More Information

Forms for requesting family medical leave for personal illness or the illness of family member as well as detailed information about the Family Medical Leave Act can be accessed from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Updated August 22, 2013

 

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