Family And Medical Leave Act

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 requires large employers to permit employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if they become seriously ill, have complications due to pregnancy, become a parent, or need to care for a family member who has a serious health condition.

Update: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour announced on February 23, 2015 to revise the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The rule amends the definition of spouse so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live.

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