Sick Leave to Assist with Care for Family

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides workers job-protection and unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons.

Federal Employees can use sick leave for family care and bereavement; annual up to 12 weeks (480 hours) for a family member with a serious health condition. 

States and cities where you can take paid sick leave to take care for sick family.

Rulings in several US cities provide paid sick leave for employees to take care for sick family.

Paid Family Leave (PFL) is an extension of California's State Disability Insurance (SDI) program and extends 6 weeks of replacement income per year to workers who need to take time off to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member.

The Hawaii Family Leave Law (HFLL) requires employers with at least 100 employees on each working day of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year to provide up to four weeks of family leave per calendar year.  Family leave may be unpaid or paid, or a combination of both.

The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act is replaced by the Parental Leave Act (PLA), effective April 7, 2015. The PLA provides eight weeks of unpaid leave for both men and women when giving birth, or for adoption of a child. Read more about the Parental Leave Act.

The CFRA provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to bond with a newborn or adopted or foster child, or to care for a parent, spouse, child or own serious health condition. The CFRA covers employers who do business in California and employ 50 or more people. Read more about the CFRA.

The New York law, signed April 4, 2016, will provide employees with up to 12 weeks paid leave to bond with a child, care for an ill family member or address issues while a family member is on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. When the law becomes effective January 1, 2018, employees will be eligible for up to eight weeks of paid leave at a weekly benefit amount of 50 percent of the employee’s average weekly wage. When fully implemented in January 2021, the policy will cover 67 percent of an employee’s average wages up to 12 weeks.

If you work for an employer with 75 or more employees you are entitled to up to 16 weeks unpaid leave in 2 years for the birth or adoption of a child, placement of child for foster care, to care for a family member with a serious medical condition, for the serious medical condition of the employee, or to serve as an organ or bone marrow donor. Read more about the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave.

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