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Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Employee’s Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act (from the U.S. Department of Labor)

Employees eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) are provided 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a single 12 month period.

In order to be eligible for FMLA, an employee needs to work for 12 months and must have worked a minimum of 1040 hours during that time. Additionally, the absence must fall under under one of the following qualifying reasons:

  • Birth and care for a newborn;
  • Care for an adopted or foster child;
  • Care for a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition;
  • A personal serious health condition that prevents the employee from performing one or more of the essential functions of the position;
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, son, daughter or parent is a military member on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in support of a contingency operation; or
  • An eligible employee who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin of a covered service member who has a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty on active duty for which he or she is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy, or otherwise in outpatient status, or on the temporary disability retired list. Under this qualifying reason, the eligible employee is entitled to 26 workweeks of leave during a 12 month period to care for the covered service member.

Employees may exhaust sick and vacation leave in order to remain on pay status during approved FMLA. Leave runs concurrent with FMLA for a total of 12 weeks. Employees using FMLA to care for a newborn are only able to use sick leave during the period of incapicatation as certified by the physician.

If you believe you are eligible for FMLA, contact our department. The initial steps will be to fill out the FMLA Request Form and have your physician fill out a certification form:

Please refer to Section 5.9.9 of the handbook for detailed information about our FMLA policy.


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Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 362-7000

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
(910) 362-7700

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425
(910) 362-7900

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Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

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