family leave

Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

family leave,

social policy permitting workers to take a specified amount of time off from the job to attend to pressing family needs. The U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (1993) attempts to balance family and work obligations. This law, which covers companies with 50 or more workers and employees with at least a year of service, mandates up to 12 weeks of leave per year for various family medical emergencies and for the birth or adoption of a child. It also stipulates that the employers must continue to provide health care benefits and that returning workers must be given their old job or an equivalent position. Many states also have family leave laws, and in many European countries and Japan, longer periods of paid leave are common.
References in periodicals archive ?
To acquire family leave benefits, employees may leave their state of residence to work in bordering states with government-mandated family leave in force.
California's paid family leave does not provide job protection, but workers' jobs might be protected under the federal FMLA or the California Family Rights Act, the California version of the federal law.
Maybe the employee wasn't aware of the program, or hadn't considered it," but a Paid Family Leave can take salary off of the payroll for a period of six weeks.
Morrison and Foerster has aggressive diversity training efforts, and the firm invites GLBT employees to meet confidentially with facilitators to address issues, in addition to medical, vision, dental, life insurance, and longterm care, the firm also allows anyone, including domestic partners, to be a beneficiary in the company retirement plan, and provides paid family leave for adoptions to employees.
Democrat rival Arch Torres said afterwards: "He doesn't know what family leave is about.
In 2000, for instance, small-business owners on the Democratic platform committee fought against a proposal to provide paid family leave.
Employee Compensation is written to cover ongoing developments related to litigation involving such employment issues as overtime pay, exemptions, record keeping, reporting, minimum wage, independent contractors, hazard pay, retaliation, medical leave, back pay, "off the clock" work, training time, family leave, meal periods, and leave for military duty.
The benefits in the new family leave expansion regulation would be available for the maximum of 12 weeks, and provide unemployment insurance benefits averaging $200/week.
Family leave coverage increased after the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993; the increase was sharpest among workers covered by the Act, suggesting that the law had a positive impact on coverage
Decent jobs, decent wages, health care, and family leave are all part of our agenda.
Indeed, Compton testified that Aetna experienced a 50 percent decrease in turnover among its female employees after voluntarily instituting a six-month family leave policy in 1988.