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Human Resources

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Program Guidelines

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is intended to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families. The following criteria outlines how FMLA works:


  • Must have completed 52 cumulative weeks of State service (doesn't need to be consecutive) AND
  • Must have worked a minimum of 1250 hours during the 52 weeks immediately prior to the leave.

Categories of FMLA Leave

  • Birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.
  • For personal illness resulting from a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the job.
  • To care for an employee's spouse, parent, son or daughter with a serious health condition.


  • Up to 12 weeks of leave per calendar year.
  • Leave is unpaid or paid if charged to appropriate leave credits at employees option.
  • If leave is unpaid, health insurance can continue at the same premium as it was when you were on the payroll.
  • Upon return from FMLA leave, most employees must be restored to their original or equivalent position.


  • Employee may request FMLA leave.
  • An absence due to reasons stated above may be designated as FMLA leave by the college if not requested by employee.
  • Workers' compensation leave runs concurrent with FMLA leave.
  • Medical certification may be required.
Employees and/or supervisors should notify Human Resources when an absence falling under one of the categories above is expected to be more than three days regardless of whether accruals will be charged or not. Prompt notification is essential so that we may notify employees of their status.

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