Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Introduction

Compiled by Sandee Tisdale

Topic Page Advisor:
Steven Wisensale, Ph.D.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 mandates that all “eligible” employees of a covered employer can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during any 12-month period to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, to take care of a child, parent, or spouse with a serious health problem, or to recover from one’s own serious health problem. (For more information about family leave, see the Network topic page, Family Leave.)

Updated: July 2009