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​​​​​The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was designed to help employees balance their family and work responsibilities by allowing employees to take reasonable unpaid, protected leave for certain family and medical reasons.

The FMLA provides eligible employees (including physicians) with unpaid, job-protected leave, which also requires the employee's group health benefits be maintained during such protected leave.

An eligible employee is defined as one that works for a covered employer for at least 12 months and works at least 1,250 hours (actual hours worked on the job) in the preceding 12-month period for coverage under the Federal FMLA. For coverage under the Wisconsin FMLA, the employee must have worked 52 consecutive weeks and at least 1,000 hours in the preceding 52 weeks.

The types of leave covered include the following:

  • Birth, adoption or foster care leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Personal medical leave*
  • Qualify exigency military leave
  • Caregiver military leave

*Typically personal medical leave is unpaid unless you are eligible for short-term or long-term disability benefits. You could also just opt to use PTO/Vacation for your time off.

You must discuss foreseeable leave dates with your department manager as soon as possible because the manager can require 30 days’ notice. The leave may be denied until such 30 days’ notice is given.

To request a leave of absence under the FMLA, email or contact the Absence Management Team at 715-387-5369 (or extension 75369) for the appropriate forms. Forms must be completed and returned to the Absence Management Team in Human Resources (GC2) at least 30 days before the first day of your leave or within 15 days of the notice for leave. Leave may be denied if the forms are not received in Human Resources within 15 days of the first day of leave.

Employees seeking further clarification on issues related to the subject of Family and Medical Leave can review the Clinic's Family and Medical Leave Act policy and the FMLA Frequently Asked Questions within the policy, or contact the Absence Management Team in Human Resources at 715-387-5369 (or extension 75369) for additional information.