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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: 12/31/2013
Last Revised: 10/13/2014