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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

The FMLA was passed to balance the demands of the work place with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families, and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity. The FMLA is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.

The FMLA entitles employees to 12 unpaid, job-guaranteed work weeks of leave during any 12 month period when leave is taken for one or more of the following circumstances:

  • The birth of a son or daughter of an employee and care for the child;
  • The placement of a son or a daughter with an employee for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for the spouse, son, daughter, or parent of an employee, if the family member has a serious health condition;
  • An employee is unable to perform the functions of the position because of the employee’s own serious health condition.

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