The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. An eligible employee may take up to 12 weeks of leave each benefit year for any combination of family and medical leave for themself or covered family member(s). Leave may be taken consecutively or on an intermittent basis.
Employees must have worked for the City of Albany for at least twelve (12) months (not necessarily consecutive months) and have at least 1,250 actual hours worked with the City during the 12 months immediately preceding the leave.
For an eligible employee to care for an eligible family member with a serious illness or injury; or to bond with a new child after birth, adoption, or foster care placement (leave must be completed no later than 12 months from the date of birth, adoption, or placement).
For an eligible employee experiencing their own serious health condition; or experiencing disability due to pregnancy before or after birth; or for prenatal care.
Qualifying Family and Medical Leave Conditions
Employees absent due to illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental health conditions for more than three (3) workdays, which does not need to be full days or continuous days in a row, for themself and/or a qualifying family member may qualify for leave under FMLA or OFLA leave provisions. Examples of qualifying medical leave conditions include:
- Requires inpatient care.
- Requires constant or continuing care.
- Involves a period of incapacity whether continuous or intermittent.
- Involves multiple treatments.
- Involves a period of disability due to pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage or stillbirth, or period of absence for prenatal care.
- Poses an imminent danger of death or possibility of death in the near future.
Covered Family Members
A family member defined under the Family and Medical Leave Act can be any of the following:
- Your spouse
- Your child (biological, adopted, stepchild, or foster child)
- Your parent (biological, adoptive, stepparent, foster parent, or legal guardian)
For More Information
- Visit the U.S. Department of Labor page to learn more about FMLA.