The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal act that entitles employees of an employer with 50 or more employees to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12 month period for the following reasons:
- birth or adoption of a child;
- to care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health problem; or
- a serious health problem of the employee that makes the employee unable to do his or her job.
To be eligible for this leave, an employee must be employed by an employer for 12 months or more and have worked at least 1250 hours during the 12 months prior to the leave.