Family and Medical Leave

FMLA is an unpaid leave that protects your job for up to 12 weeks. FMLA leave may be used incrementally or continuously for a period not to exceed 480 hours. If you return to work before or at the expiration of your FMLA period, you will be reinstated to your job or an equivalent job, unless you would not otherwise have been employed at the time.  Additionally, as long as you are on FMLA your benefits are undisturbed as the State’s Contribution continues throughout the period of FMLA. 

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a summary entitled Need Time? The Employee's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act. This summary is directed primarily to employees in a reader-friendly format.

Understanding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Process PDF

Additional Information

Required Posters

Information for New Mothers

System Policy

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed by Congress in 1993 to help employees who must take leave due to family emergencies and is designed to promote the stability and economic security of families. The law allows eligible employees to take reasonable leave for:

  • For incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth;
  • To care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for the employee’s spouse, son or daughter, or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
  • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee’s job.

In January 2009 Military Family Leave Entitlements were added to the regulation.