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What is the Family and Medical Leave Act and How Does it Work?

Sep 10, 2020

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take paid or unpaid job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees may take up to 12 work weeks of leave during any 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons and up to 26 work weeks of leave during a single 12-month period for military caregiver leave. This leave may be used on a full-time or intermittent basis. 

 What events qualify under the FMLA? 

  • The birth of a child and to bond with the newborn child within one year of birth.
  • The placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to bond with the newly placed child within one year of placement.
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his or her job.
  • To care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition.
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty.
  • To care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the employee is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the service member (military caregiver leave).

Who is eligible for family medical leave (FML)? 

Any employee who meets the following:

  • Has worked for the employer for at least 12 months.
  • Has at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave.

If you have questions or need family medical leave, please contact your Human Resources Consultant at (505) 224-4600 or HR_Consultants@cnm.edu