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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks or 60 work days of 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.

 

Who is eligible?

All OCPS employees who have worked for the district for at least 12 months and have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave.


Eligible employees are entitled to:

Twelve (12) 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 (26) workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service-member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service-member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

 

*As approved by the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Orange County Public Schools employee will pay the employer’s share of the premium payment if the employee fails to return to work following the FMLA leave unless the employee does not return because of circumstances that are beyond the employee’s control, including a FMLA-qualifying medical condition. 



If you are a current employee and meet the above federal requirements, click below to submit an
application:

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