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Northwest Missouri State University

Family Medical Leave Act (1993)

FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at least one year and for 1250 hours over the previous 12 months, and if there are at least 50 employees within 75 miles.

Reasons for Taking Leave

Unpaid leave must be granted for any of the following reasons:

At the employee's or employer's option, certain kinds of paid leave may be substituted for unpaid leave.

Advance Notice and Medical Certification

The employee may be required to provide advance leave notice and medical certification. Taking of leave may be denied if requirements are not met.

Job Benefits and Protection

Unlawful Acts by Employers


FMLA does not affect any Federal or State law prohibiting discrimination, or supersede any State or local law or collective bargaining agreement which provides greater family or medical leave rights.


(US Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division,
Washington DC, 20210)
June 1993