Family and Medical Leave Act

February 5, 1993

What Is It?

United States federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons.

Why Is It Important?

FMLA can help employees take care of family and medical responsibilities while still maintaining their job and It also allows their benefits to continue without interruption or, if they opt to interrupt them, the benefits must be reinstated when employees return to work. Most important, FMLA guarantees that employees will be reinstated to the same or an equivalent position with the same pay and benefits if they ever have to take leave for serious family or health situations.