Any employee who has been employed on a half-time basis or greater for at least twelve months is eligible for twelve work weeks of family leave during a twelve-month period commencing on the date the family leave begins. Family leave shall be unpaid leave; however, if an employee is eligible to use accumulated sick leave, the employee, after obtaining permission from the employer, may do so exclusive of the twelve weeks of family leave. The employee may also utilize any accrued annual leave with the approval of the employer.
Family leave shall be granted to an eligible employee in the event of:
- the birth of the child of the employee;
- the placement of a child with the employee for adoption; a serious health condition of the employee’s child, spouse, parent or spouse’s parent necessitating the employee’s presence; or,
- a serious health condition of the employee which renders him/her unable to perform the duties of his/her job.