Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Eligibility Requirements and Application Process for FMLA
Leave Options for Employees Impacted by COVID-19- Employer Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion (E-FMLE)
- Short term/Long Term Disability
- Family Medical Leave (FML), which you can learn more about below.
- Leaves of Absence (LOA)
For more details about these leave options, please visit the Time Away from Work website.
FMLA provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees for the following qualifying reasons:
- Serious health condition makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his/her job;
- Incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or childbirth;
- To care for the employee’s child after birth or placement for adoption or foster care;
- To care for the employee’s spouse, son or daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition; and
- Military Family Leave for a qualified exigency.
FMLA provides for up to 26 weeks of Military Family Leave to care for an injured or ill service member or veteran.
Leave under this policy is unpaid although employees with earned sick and/or annual leave are required to use this paid leave while on Family and Medical Leave.
An employee who has been employed at least 12 months by FCPS and has at least 1,250 hours of service with FCPS during the previous 12-month period.
Calculation of Leave Year
FCPS will measure the 12-month period as a rolling 12-month period measured backward from the date an employee uses any FMLA leave under the policy. The 12-month period will begin with the first use of FMLA in the previous 12-months.
Complete these forms if you're requesting FMLA due to military-related circumstances.
Your completed FMLA paperwork must be sent to the FCPS Disability and Leave Unit for review.
Important: Your worksite supervisor/ principal need to sign your FMLA form as an acknowledgement your leave request. The Disability and Leaves Unit will receive and confirm your leave request. If approved, the Disability and Leaves Unit will send written approval to both you and your worksite supervisor/ principal. Completion of the FMLA paperwork does not imply or promise the employee’s eligibility for an FMLA.
For More Information
Review the IDM Handbook and the Benefits While on Leave of Absence (LOA) packet on the Benefits Publications & Resources website.
Refer to Regulation 4835: Family Medical Leave.
Review the The Employee’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act, published by the U.S. Department of Labor.