Family and Medical Leave Act
Are you familiar with the FMLA? Perhaps you’ve already benefited from the job-protected leave it guarantees.
Celebrating more than 25 years of job-protected leave — and working to help even more families.
Drafted by the National Partnership and signed by President Clinton in 1993, the FMLA is the nation’s first and only national law designed to help Americans meet the dual demands of work and family.
And it works. America's workers have used the FMLA at least 200 million times to take time off when they need it most, without having to worry about losing their jobs or their health insurance. (Read a short history of the FMLA or the detailed version.)
The FMLA guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or a seriously ill family member, or to recover from their own serious health conditions, including pregnancy.
But the FMLA was just a first step. About 40 percent of the workforce is not eligible for leave under the FMLA. And millions of those who are cannot afford to take unpaid leave.
It is time to take the next step toward a truly family friendly America. Join us.
- Quantifying America’s Gender Wage Gap by Race (September 2019)
- America’s Women and the Wage Gap (September 2019)
- Meeting the Promise of Paid Leave: A Research Brief (August 2019)