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The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed by Congress to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families, and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity; to minimize the potential for employment discrimination on the basis of sex by ensuring generally that leave is available for eligible medical reasons (including maternity-related disability) and for compelling family reasons; and to promote the goal of equal employment opportunity for women and men. back to top


Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) provides up to 12 (or 26, as appropriate) workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for one of the following qualifying reasons:

  • Birth and care for a newborn;
  • Care for an adopted or foster child;
  • Care for a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition;
  • A personal serious health condition that prevent the employee from performing one or more of the essential functions of the position;
  • Because of any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in support of a contingency operation; and,
  • An eligible employee who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of a covered service member shall be entitled to a total of 26 workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period (commencing on the on the date the employee first takes leave) to care for a covered service member who has a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty on active duty for which he or she is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy; or otherwise in outpatient status; or on the temporary disability retired list.

All periods of paid leave or periods of leave without pay (including leave without pay while drawing short-term disability benefits) count towards the 12 (or 26, as appropriate) workweeks to which the employee is entitled. This includes leave taken under the Voluntary Shared Leave Policy. back to top

Who's Eligible?
Full-Time, Part-Time, Contract and Time Limited Faculty and Staff
  • who has 12 months cumulative service with North Carolina State Government, incuding temporary service; (See (1) and (2) notes below) and,
  • who has been in a paid status at least 1040 hours in the previous 12 months

Note:  9 month faculty may also be covered under the Medical, Maternity and Parental Leave for Faculty with Academic Year Appointments policy.  Benefits provided under the Medical, Maternity and Parental Leave for Faculty with Academic Year Appointments policy run concurrently with the 12 week allotment under the Family and Medical Leave policy.

Temporary Employees
  • who has 12 months cumulative service; (See (1) and (2) notes below) and,
  • have worked at least 1250 hours in the previous 12 months at NC State.
Post Docs/House Officers
  • who have been employed for 12 months; and,
  • have worked at least 1040 hours in the previous 12 months at NC State.

(1) Employment periods prior to a break in service of seven years or more shall not be counted in determining whether the employee has been employed by the agency for at least 12 months.
(2) USSERA-covered military service in the Regular Armed Forces, National Guard or reserves count as time worked to determine eligibility for FML.

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Employee Rights and Responsibilities - Family and Medical Leave Act

Guiding Policies and Other Resources

Human Resources Guiding Policy Disclaimer

Office of State Human Resources, Family and Medical Leave

U.S. Department of Labor, The Employee's Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act

NC State


Have Additional Questions? Contact Us

University Leave Administrator
Margot Henion, 919-515-4319
Workers' Compensation Administrator
Thelma Speight-Farrar, 919-513-0106
HR Leave Consultant
Becki Johnson, 919-515-4317
HR Leave Consultant
Patti Sajecki, 919-515-4272
Workers' Compensation Coordinator
Glenda Linton, 919-515-4310
For Cooperative Extension
Leave and Employment Coordinator
Cheryl Howard, 919-515-1377
CALS - Extension Personnel