Family Medical Leave Act

Your Right to Have a Family and a Job – The Family Medical Leave Act allows employees to take 12 protected weeks of unpaid leave in a 12 month period for:

If you are a spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin to the employee taking care of a covered service member with a serious injury, you are entitled to 26 weeks of leave during a 12 month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness who is the .

The relevant sections of the FMLA and its implementing regulations is 29 CFR Part 825. Under FMLA, “eligible employees” may take leave for, among other reasons, their own serious health conditions that make them unable to perform the essential functions of their position, or to care for immediate family members (i.e., spouse, child, or parent) with serious health conditions. Section 101(11) of FMLA defines serious health condition as “an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves:


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