Family leave: Union reminds feds of their rights

A major federal employees union is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of a law that helps working Americans to this day.

The American Federation of Government Employees posted a factsheet on its website marking the occasion by reminding feds—and all working people—of the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act, signed into force on Feb. 5 1993.

The law permits federal employees—and all employees in the public and private realms—to take reasonable unpaid leave to look after new children or sick family members.

The factsheet notes that despite the importance of the law—protecting employees from having their jobs threatened, which often had been the case previously—“not everyone knows about it.”

Some key facts on the list include that:  

“Federal employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they have worked for the employer for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months.”

And that “FMLA allows federal employees to take up to 12 workweeks per year without fear of losing their jobs.”

For more detail, see the AFGE factsheet and the explainer on the Department of Labor website.

Reader comments

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Unions today are worthless, they take dues, pay large salaries to bloated staff and pretend to represent the rank and file workers. In retrospect do something rather than talk the talk.

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