Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. Employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they work for a covered employer and:


  • Have worked for their employer for at least 12 months
  • Have at least 1,250 hours of service over the previous 12 months
  • AND work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.


Employers are required to give eligible FMLA workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected (but not necessarily paid) leave if they are sick, including with complications from the flu or similar illness and/or they need to care for an immediate family member (children, spouse, parents) who are ill. Visit this Department of Labor resource for more information on COVID-19 and the Family Medical Leave Act. 

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