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Township of Union Public Schools

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) & The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA)

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

In accordance with the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act, The Union Township Board of Education allows eligible employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. The 12 weeks are per calendar year, and do not have to be taken consecutively (FMLA can be taken on an Intermittent basis) Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for: the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth; the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;

  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service-member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

Eligible Employees: Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer, with at least 50 employees, for at least one year and for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months.

The direct source of FMLA information below is courtesy of the United States Department of Labor website.

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/benefits-leave/fmla 

 Click Important Notices for Review:

  • elaws FMLA Advisor (The FMLA Advisor provides information about employee eligibility under the law; including valid reasons for leave; employee/employer notification responsibilities; and employee rights and benefits.)
  • Certification of Health Care Provider for U.S. Department of Labor Employee’s Serious Health Condition (Family and Medical Leave Act) Form WH-380-You must pick up this form in the Personnel Department as there is a section the employer must complete prior. 

For additional information contact the Personnel Department or visit:

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The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA)

The State NJFLA offer covered employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical related reasons.

  • to care for the employee's child after birth, or placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care;
  • to care for the employee's spouse*, son or daughter, or parent, who has a serious health condition. 

Eligible Employees: Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer, with at least 50 employees, for at least one year and for at least 1,000 hours for NJFLA over the previous 12 months.

FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE (FLI)

Under the Family Leave Insurance provision of the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law, cash benefits may be payable for up to six (6) weeks to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child or to provide care for a seriously ill family member.

  • Bond with a child during the first 12 months after the child’s birth, if the covered individual or the domestic partner or civil union partner of the covered individual, is a biological parent of the child, or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption with the covered individual. 
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition supported by a certification provided by a health care provider. Claims may be filed for six consecutive weeks, for intermittent weeks or for 42 intermittent days during a 12-month period beginning with the first date of the claim. 

Child means a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild or legal ward of a covered individual, child of a domestic partner of the covered individual, or child of a civil union partner of the covered individual, who is less than 19 years of age or is 19 of age or older but incapable of self-care because of mental or physical impairment.  

For further details please visit http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/fli/fliindex.html

APPLICATION FOR FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE BENEFITS (FL-1)

(The FLI application is in addition to applicable required forms listed above)