Key Point 8-15. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers with 50 or more employees and engaged in interstate commerce to allow employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year on account of certain medical and family needs. There is no exemption for religious organizations.
A. In General—the "Leave" Requirement
The Family and Medical Leave Act 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. requires every employer that is "engaged in commerce or in any industry or activity affecting commerce that employs 50 or more employees" to grant eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period in any one or more of the following situations:
Because of the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and in order to care for such son or daughter.
Because of the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care.
In order to care for the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent, of the employee, if such spouse, son, daughter, or parent has a serious health
This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. "From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations."
Due to the nature of the U.S. legal system, laws and regulations constantly change. The editors encourage readers to carefully search the site for all content related to the topic of interest and consult qualified local counsel to verify the status of specific statutes, laws, regulations, and precedential court holdings.