Family & Medical Leave Act

Family & Medical Leave Act


UVA is committed to balancing the demands of your workplace, your individual needs, and the needs of your family. The University complies with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. 2601 et seq., and Regulations 29 C.F.R Part 825).

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) is a job-protected leave without pay (or use of your accrued leave with pay) for up to 12 workweeks (26 weeks for qualified Military leave) during a leave plan year for reasons specified in the FMLA. Those reasons include the following:

  • Birth of a child (to be taken within 12 months of the child’s birth)
  • Addition to the family through adoption or foster care (to be taken within 12 months of the child’s placement)
  • Care for a family member (child, spouse, or parent) with a serious health condition
  • A serious health condition that makes you unable to do your job
  • Military leave for a qualified exigency or to care for a covered service member’s serious illness or injury. (You may be granted up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a covered military service member who sustained a serious injury or illness if you are the spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin.)

Eligible employees include faculty, professional research staff, classified salaried employees, University staff, Medical Center team members, salaried research assistants, and wage employees who have been employed for both:

  • At least 12 months within the last 7 years
  • At least 1,250 hours during the 12 months before the start of leave