Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States Labor Law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to care for a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or recover from their own serious illness.
Who qualifies for FMLA?
- In order to be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for the district for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours over the 12 months prior to needing a leave.
What happens if I don’t qualify for FMLA but I need to take a medical leave?
- Your FMLA/LOA specialist is best able to discuss the leave options available to you if you do not qualify for FMLA after you submit your request.
- You may qualify for a 30 day unpaid medical leave, or a Long Term Leave of Absence if you have been with the district over one year.
- After you have exhausted all leave options, your specialist can discuss with you the options at that time, which may include retirement, resignation or termination. The specialist will guide as to whom to connect with at this time
How do I determine if I qualify for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or LOA (Leave of Absence)?
- The first step is to complete a Family or Medical Leave Request Form that is linked on this website. You can download and print this form, complete the applicable sections and send it to your FMLA/LOA specialist via fax or scan and email. Another option is you may complete the PDF Adobe online form. The online form has buttons on the bottom that you can click that will automatically open an email and attach the form in order to send it to your particular specialist, either Veronica Henson for employees whose home buildings are located to the East side of I-35 or Jessie Salsbury for employees whose home buildings are located to the West side of I-35.