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The Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees who work for covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees may take up to 12 work weeks of leave during any 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons and up to 26 work weeks of leave during a single 12-month period for military caregiver leave (U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.). Items listed below include articles, guides, and reports focused on federal and state leave protections for needs connected to domestic violence as well as for medical and other reasons unrelated to domestic violence.

“Since 1993, [the FMLA] has been used more than 200 million times by women and men who needed to be able to care for their own health or the health of their families" (The Family and Medical Leave Act at 22: 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate and Move Forward, National Partnership for Women and Families, 2012).