Work & Family Policy Database
Legislation about Family and Medical Leave
This category contains bills and statutes that address or expand upon the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). The FMLA grants certain workers the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to recover from a serious health condition, to care for a family member (child, spouse or parent) who is recovering from a serious health condition, or to care for a newborn or newly adopted or foster child. The FMLA applies to workers in businesses with 50 or more employees who have worked at that business for at least a year and for 1,250 hours in the previous year, and to public employees with the same job tenure requirements. The law was amended in 2008 to address the needs of military families by providing up to 26 weeks of leave to family members caring for an injured service member and up to 12 weeks of leave to address “qualifying exigencies” arising out of a service member’s deployment.
This database provides short summaries of bills and statutes. The summaries are not intended to constitute legal advice. To find out how laws relate to your particular situation, you must contact a lawyer who specializes in employees’ rights, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (1-866-4USWAGE), your state labor department and/or your union.