- Covering the costs of cancer treatment
- Private health insurance options
- Types of private health plans, and what you must pay
- Other things to know about health insurance
- Getting answers to insurance-related questions
- Keeping records of insurance and medical care costs
- When you have problems paying a medical bill
- Handling a claim denial
- Keeping employer-sponsored health insurance coverage
- COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1986)
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
- The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
- Government-funded health plans
- Who regulates insurance plans?
- Financial issues: Getting help with living expenses
- Getting money from life insurance policies
- Other sources of financial help
- Disability benefits
- To learn more
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers (with at least 50 employees) to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months. For the time period of the FMLA leave, the employer must maintain the employee’s health coverage.
This act is regulated by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. They can give you more information. Check your local phone book under US Government, Department of Labor for contact information, or find it in the “To learn more” section.
Our document called Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) also gives you more details on this option.
Last Medical Review: 11/04/2014
Last Revised: 11/04/2014