FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) Policy


Please contact the Human Resources Department if you should need to be absent from your position for a period of five (5) or more consecutive days de to one of the following five situations. 

Eligible employees are entitled to a total of twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave per year (beginning July 1 of each year) for the following 
five leave situations:  
  1. The birth and first-year care of a child;  
  2. The adoption or foster placement of a child;  
  3. The "serious health condition" of an employee's spouse, parent, or child; and 
  4. The employee's own "serious health condition;” 
  5. A “qualifying exigency” as defined by the United States Secretary of Labor, in which the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent is on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty) in the Armed Forces. 
For purposes of the benefits referred to above, a serious health condition means "an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves:  
  1. in-patient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or 
  2. continuing treatment by a health care provider that results in a period of incapacity of more than three (3) consecutive, full calendar days and involves either: 
  1. two (2) or more treatments in person by a health care provider within 30 days of the first day of incapacity, unless extenuating circumstances exist. The first treatment must take place within 7 days of the first day of incapacity, and health care provider, not the employee / patient, shall determine if the second visit is needed; or  
  2. treatment by a health care provider on at least one occasion followed by a regimen of continuing treatment under the supervision of the health care provider. Over-the-counter medications, bed rest, taking of fluids, exercise, and other activities that can be initiated without a visit to a health care provider do not constitute continuing treatment. Serious health condition does cover conditions such as asthma and diabetes even if the episode of incapacity does not last more than three (3) days.
For purposes of the benefits referred to above which pertain to leave for the care of a child, the term "child" shall mean a son or daughter which is either a biological, adopted, or foster child, a step-child, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis, who is:  
  1. under eighteen (18) years of age; or 
  2. eighteen (18) years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.  
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