Qualifying Reasons and Eligibility for FML

Qualifying Reasons for FML

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave:

  • For the birth and care of your newborn child;
  • For the placement and care of a child following adoption or foster care assignment;
  • If you have a serious health condition;
  • If you need to care for your spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • If you have a “qualifying exigency,” because your spouse, child, or parent is a military member on covered active duty.

You may qualify for up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave if your spouse, child, or parent is a covered service member with a serious injury or illness, and you need to provide care.

FML may involve continuous leave, intermittent leave, or a reduced work schedule.


You are eligible for FML if - 

  • You have been employed by the University for at least 12 months,* AND
  • You have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the start of the leave

* The 12 months do not need to be consecutive. Prior employment periods separated by a break in service of less than 7 years will be considered.

All employees, including graduate assistants/associates and student workers, are eligible if they meet the requirements above.