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Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

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In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), an eligible employee is

entitled to 12 weeks of FMLA leave during a rolling 12 month period, (measured backwards)from the date the employee requests the leave.

The employee is entitled to be reinstated, if qualified,  into the same or an equivalent position upon returning from FMLA leave. 

  • employed with the County at least 12 months or 52 weeks AND have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the dates of the FMLA leave.

Types of Leave

  • Regular: an employee needs time off for a continuous uninterrupted block of time .
  • Intermittent: an employee needs to take a full day off from work due to a qualifying reason but then returns to work for a day or two and then takes a full day off for the same condition (e.g., taking a spouse for radiation treatment every Tuesday for 10 weeks).
  • Reduced: an employee needs to take only a portion of a day off or work a different schedule for a period of time.

Reasons for Leave

  • birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee's spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
  • qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on (or has been notified of an impending call to) "covered active duty*" or  26-workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember or veteran with a serious injury or illness who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin to the employee (military caregiver leave).


Employee Rights and Responsibilities under the Family Medical Leave Act

Application For FMLA

Certificate of Health Care Provider - Employee Serious Health Condition

Certificate of Health Care Provider - Family Member Serious Health Condition

Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave

Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Current Servicemember for Military Family Leave

Duty Status Form


Employees may refer to the Charles County Government Personnel Policies and Procedures manual Chapter 18 for details regarding FMLA administration.