Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
What is Family Medical Leave?
The Federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees with approved Family Medical Leave may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12-month period.
Henrico County is a covered employer under the FMLA. The County provides an additional one week of Family Medical Leave, for a total of 13 weeks. Eligible County employees may use paid leave (sick leave, annual leave, etc.) concurrent with FMLA leave to receive pay while on this job-protected absence.
Eligible employees may be entitled to take leave to:
- Care for a parent, child, or spouse with a serious health condition,
- Care for and bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child recently placed with you,
- Recover from your own serious health condition (including pregnancy), or
- To deal with certain obligations (including childcare and related activities) arising from a spouse, parent or child being on, or called to, active duty in the military.
For workers whose spouse, child, parent or next of kin is a member (or in certain cases, a veteran) of the armed services with a serious illness or injury incurred in the line of duty on active duty, the FMLA provides up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave per year.
For specific information on FMLA, please refer to Personnel Rules & Regulations (Section 8.19) as well as the links listed here.
- How to Request FMLA—Employee & Department Steps
- FMLA Request Form
- Employee’s Serious Health Condition Certification (includes pregnancy)
- Family Member’s Serious Health Condition Certification (Family member is defined as spouse, parent, minor daughter/son; includes pregnancy)
- Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave
- Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Covered Servicemember – for Military Family Leave
- Definition of Serious Health Condition
- Employee/Employer Rights, Responsibilities, & Definitions
- FMLA General FAQs
- FAQs for Nursing Mothers in the Workplace
HR Benefits Division—FMLA
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