The Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for leaves of absence for eligible
staff members (who have worked for the ESC for at least 12 months and for at least
1,250 hours over the 12 months prior to the leave request) for one of the following
reasons: (1) the birth of a child and/or the care of a newborn child within one
year of the child’s birth; (2) the placement of a child with the staff member by
way of adoption or foster care and/or to care for the child within one year of the
child’s arrival; (3) the staff member is needed to care for a spouse, son, daughter,or
parent if such individual has a serious health condition; or (4) the staff member’s
own serious health condition prevents him/her from performing the functions of his/
If you have situations such as those mentioned above or anticipate being in one
of those situations, please contact Melissa Habowski to talk about the leave provisions available to you.
Typically, a written request in advance of such leave is necessary. There are implications for pay and health insurance
benefits during an FMLA leave period so it is very important that you talk to Melissa.
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