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This article explains the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Federal Employees Family Friendly Leave Act, providing eligibility and other important information about the Acts.


What is FMLA and FEFFLA? 

 

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLAwas established in 1993 to help support families with serious health conditions or special care-giving needs, such as birth or adoption.  In 1997, FMLA was expanded to allow Federal workers 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to fulfill certain family obligations. In 2000, FMLA was expanded again to allow federal workers to use a total of up to 12 weeks of sick leave each year to care for a family member with a serious health condition.1 

 

The Federal Employees Family Friendly Leave Act (FEFFLA) was established in 1994 and helps support associates who are caring for family members who are sick, need medical care or supervision or have routine medical appointments. The act also covers leave for adoption and leave to serve as a bone-marrow or organ donor.2 

 

Who is Eligible? 

 

FMLA is applicable to all RFT, RPT and INT associates who have completed at least 12 months of total Exchange service and worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the preceding 12 month period.3   FMLA also covers TFT and TPT associates who have accrued 12 or more months of service and worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding commencement of leave.4 

 

FEFFLA is applicable to all RFT and RPT associates.5 

 

How much leave is allowed? 

 

Under the 1993 provisions of FMLA, eligible associates are entitled to a total of up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period.6  The expansion of the FMLA allows associates to schedule and be granted up to 24 hours of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) each year for certain activities.7   

(Note: An associate may use the 12 weeks of FMLA leave intermittently if the associate and the Exchange agree to the arrangement.) 

  

Under FEFFLA, RFT associates are entitled to 12 weeks of leave each year to care for a family member with a serious health condition, which includes 13 workdays (104 hours) of sick leave each year for general family care or bereavement purposes.   RPT associates are also covered, but the amount of sick leave permitted for family care and bereavement purposes is pro-rated based on the average number of hours worked each week.8 

 

What are an Associate’s Return Rights? 

 

An associate who takes family or medical leave is entitled to be returned to the same position held when the leave started.  On rare occasions, when returning an associate to the same position may impose extreme hardship, the associate may be placed in an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, grade, pay, status and conditions of employment.9 

 

How Does an Associate Apply for FMLA or FEFFLA? 

 

An associate interested in taking advantage of his/her entitlement to FMLA or FEFFLA leave should speak directly to the local HR Office.   

 

Please use the link below to access Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act for more detailed information.

 

https://h5.aafes.com/formspubs/EmpPubs/A095012%20Family%20and%20Medical%20Leave%20Act.pdf 


Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 1)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 1)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 2)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 2)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 4)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 2)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 3)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 4)

Employee Publication A095012 Family and Medical Leave Act/Federal Employees Family Friendly Act (Section 4)