Family and Medical Leave Act
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:
- Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
- the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
- the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
- to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
- a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
- any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
- Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).
Applying for FMLA
If you are eligible for FMLA and need to file a leave request, reach out to Unum, our FMLA leave administration partner, by telephone or via the Unum website. For information you will need to file your claim or for details on the process, see Filing a Request with Unum. A Spanish-language version of the handout is also available for your use.
- Telephone: (866) 779-1054
- Fax: (800) 447-2498
- Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Central
When you determine you will require FMLA, be sure to notify your manager or supervisor of your absence from work, as well.