Family Medical Leave Act FAQs

What is FMLA?
The Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA is a federal law that entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified reasons. These reasons could be for the employee’s own serious health condition or because the employee needs to care for a parent, spouse, or child with a serious health condition. FMLA leave may be taken all at once, or may be taken intermittently as the medical condition requires.

Who can take FMLA leave?
Any employee who:

  1. has been employed with the District for at least 12 months; and
  2. has worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave.

How do I request FMLA leave?
You can contact Human Resources if you believe that you need to take FMLA leave. Additionally, Human Resources is required by law to send you FMLA paperwork if you take leave for five or more consecutive days.

Do I need to complete paperwork and how do I find it?
Human Resources will provide you with the necessary paperwork.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Human Resources and they can answer your questions. Specifically, you can contact Jackie Armstrong at or Jesse Johnston at

What other resources are available to help explain FMLA?

Below are two additional resources provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Employee Guide

FMLA Notice