Family and Medical Leave Act
Synopsis of Law: Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons: for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee; for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care; to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition. (Excerpt copied from U.S. Department of Labor website).
FMLA notification (employee or family member) must be made to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, as outlined in section 4109 of district policy, 30 days prior to the leave start, except in cases of emergency, in which notification should be made as soon as possible. An employee requesting leave for himself/herself must submit an FMLA form (Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition) completed by his/her physician prior to beginning the leave. An employee requesting leave to care for a family member must submit an FMLA form (Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member’s Serious Health Condition) completed by the family member’s treating physician prior to the leave. These forms are included in the appendices (Appendix F and Appendix G) or may be found on the DOL website.
To learn more about this law, please visit the website at www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/index.htm Many of the employee bargaining/benefit agreements also address the use of sick leave in conjunction with FMLA.