Family and Medical Leave

For certain family and medical needs, you are entitled to a total of up to 12 weeks (480 Hours) of unpaid leave during a 12-month period. This is covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Important facts about Family and Medical Leave

  • It is an entitlement. If you satisfy all eligible conditions, you cannot be denied the leave.
  • It provides job protection. When you return to work, you are guaranteed the same position or an "equivalent" job, which means identical to the original job in terms of pay and benefits.
  • You can maintain your health insurance while on leave.

Other leave options

You may be able to:

For questions, contact your Administrative Officer or email WorkFlex@mail.nih.gov.

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