Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to twelve weeks of job-protected leave or twenty-six weeks for military caregiver leave, for qualifying events. FMLA provides for continuation of health care premiums when the employee has, and wishes to continue, health care coverage during the period of approved leave. While you are on leave for FMLA, all accrued and available paid time off must run concurrently. This includes sick, annual, holidays, and compensatory time (overtime).
Employees are eligible if they have worked for the State of Louisiana for at least 12 months, and have 1250 hours of service in the previous 12 months, and experience one or more qualifying event.
- For incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care, or child birth; or
- To care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care; or
- To care for the employee’s spouse, son or daughter, or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
- For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee's job; or
- For qualifying exigencies related to the foreign deployment of a military member who is the employee's spouse, child, or parent.
- An eligible employee who is a covered service member's spouse, child, parent, or next of kin may also take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave in a single 12-month period to care for the service member with a serious injury or illness