The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) provide you with the right to take job-protected leave with continued medical benefits when you need time off from work to care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill, to care for a newborn or newly adopted child or to attend to the affairs of a family member who is called to active duty in the military.

You may be eligible for more generous leave provisions under University Policy Guidelines or your applicable collective bargaining agreement.  Leave taken for FMLA-eligible reasons must run concurrently under FMLA, WFMLA and other leave provisions available.  The leave available under the various provisions is exhausted simultaneously. To understand how the integration of laws with state and university policies and collective bargaining affects you, please contact your campus human resources office.

A variety of new federal FMLA provisions were effective in January 2009. See a the summary of the changes for more information. The new federal FMLA provisions also outline new forms requirements.

NEW WFMLA PROVISIONS: Effective June 30, 2009, WFMLA was expanded to include an employee's right to take up to two weeks of job-protected leave to care for a domestic partner or a domestic partner's parent. Please see the summary of changes for more information.


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