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Family Medical Leave Act FMLA


The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) provides up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid job protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. This act became effective on February 5, 1994 for employees covered under collective bargaining agreements; coverage began for all other employees on August 5, 1993.

Full-time and part-time employees are eligible after one year of service at SUNY Oneonta and must have worked at least 1250 hours over the previous twelve (12) months.

Employee benefits must continue during the FMLA leave at the same cost the employee would pay if in active work status. An employee may elect to use accruals as part of the FMLA leave. Upon return from FMLA leave, most employees must be restored to original or equivalent positions with equivalent pay, benefits, and other employment terms.

The FMLA does not diminish the leave rights already enjoyed by State employees.

Detailed information can be obtained from the Office of Human Resources at 436-2509.

For a look at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division's Publication 1420 (June 1993) regarding an employee's rights under the FMLA, click here.

For a detailed look at the definition of "Serious Health Condition", as stated in the Family Medical Leave Act, click here.

If you are out of work for health reasons and think it might fall under FMLA, please contact the Office of Human Resources (ext 2509) as soon as possible.