Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The federal Family & Medical Leave Act (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 with approved Family Medical Leave may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12-month period.

Henrico County is a covered employer under the FMLA. The County provides an additional one week of Family Medical Leave, for a total of 13 weeks. Eligible County employees may use paid leave (sick leave, annual leave, etc., in accordance with current leave policies) concurrent with FMLA leave to receive pay while on this job-protected absence.

Eligible employees may be entitled to take leave to:

  • Care for a parent, child, or spouse with a serious health condition;
  • Care for and bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child recently placed with you;
  • Recover from your own serious health condition (including pregnancy); or
  • To deal with certain obligations (including childcare and related activities) arising from a spouse, parent or child being on, or called to, active duty in the military. For workers whose spouse, child, parent or next of kin is a member (or in certain cases, a veteran) of the armed services with a serious illness or injury incurred in the line of duty on active duty, the FMLA provides up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave per year.


FMLA Packets: