Family and Medical Leave
Employees at The Catholic University of America benefit from both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. § 2601) and the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990 (DC Code Ann. § 36-1301). Both laws allow eligible employees to take job-protected, unpaid leave for the birth of a child, adoption of a child, or placement of a child for foster care. The laws also allow leave when the employee is needed to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or when the employee has a serious health condition. In addition, the federal FMLA allows family military leave entitlements. When leave is to care for an injured or ill service member as defined under federal law, an eligible employee may take up to 26 workweeks of leave during a single 12 month period to care for the service member. Please see the FMLA policy for information on "Safe Leave" under the DC Safe and Sick Leave Act. Safe leave is provided for absences related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
The amount of leave time depends upon the law in question. Federal law allows up to a total of 12 work weeks in any 12 months. DC law allows up to 16 work weeks in any 24-month period for medical leave for one's own serious health condition. A separate 16 work weeks are allowed for the birth, adoption, placement of a child for foster care; the placement of a child for whom the employee assumes permanent parental responsibilities; or the care of a family member of the employee who has a serious health condition.
Federal family and medical leave and District of Columbia family and medical leave run concurrently and cannot be used consecutively if leave is covered under both laws. In certain cases, leave may be taken on an intermittent basis rather than all at once, or the employee may work a part-time schedule.
A related law is the DC Parental Leave Act of 1994 (DC Code Ann. § 36-1601). Much narrower in scope, this law provides that an employer in the District must provide up to 24 hours of leave during any 12-month period to an employee for the purpose of the employee's attendance at a school-related event involving his or her child.
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Forms and Other Resources
U.S. Department of Labor Compliance Assistance Page for FMLA (includes all of the Forms for Notice of Eligibility and Rights and Responsiblities, Designation of Notice, and Certification of the Leave)
links updated 6/10/08 rab