The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the right to take time off work to recover from a serious health condition, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children). In 2008, the law was amended to also cover military family leave: time off to handle practical matters relating to a family member’s military deployment or to care for a family member who was seriously injured on active military duty.
The articles in this section explain the FMLA: who is protected by the law, which employers must comply, what types of time off are covered, how to enforce your rights under the law, and much more.
All About FMLA Leave
FMLA Basics: Ten Things Employees Should Know
Learn your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Insurance and Other Benefits During and After FMLA Leave
Learn what happens to your benefits when you take FMLA leave.
Does my 12 weeks of FMLA leave renew at the beginning of each year?
Learn more about FMLA leave and the various methods employers may use to calculate the leave year.
Can my employer pressure me to return to work during my FMLA leave?
The short answer is no. Learn more.
Resources on the FMLA
Your Rights in the Workplace
Learn about your right to leave and other workplace protections in this essential guide for employees.
The Essential Guide to Family and Medical Leave
Written for managers and HR professionals, this comprehensive book provides detailed information on the FMLA, from who is covered to reinstatement rights, insurance protections, notice and certification requirements, and much more.
The Department of Labor’s FMLA Page
Detailed information and resources on the FMLA from the federal Department of Labor.