Family Medical Leave (FMLA)
Take care of personal and family matters with added flexibility and time off—whenever you need it.
Whether it’s spending time with a loved one during end-of-life care or bonding with a newborn child throughout the day, you need to be there for your family. But how will you ensure you get adequate time off?
FMLA allows you to take the unpaid time off you need—and know your job will be there when you get back. Staff members may take up to 12 weeks of cumulative leave, or up to 26 weeks for active duty service member leave.
Under FMLA, your benefits include:
- Taking your intermittent leave from the moment it’s approved.
- Using flexible time off however you choose—whether it’s 15 minutes, 2 weeks, or your full leave period all at once.
- Maintaining job security throughout the duration of your leave.
FMLA runs concurrently with all other state plans, and short- and long-term disability insurance, where applicable.
Eligibility: All full-time staff members who have worked for Dana-Farber for a minimum of 1 year and 1250 hours in the year preceding leave.
Qualified Reasons for Leave: Leaves to care for your own serious health condition, a family member’s serious health condition, a leave to care and bond with your newborn or adopted child, or a leave to care for a military servicemember or their service related illness may be covered under Family Medical Leave.
- FMLA is an unpaid leave that only provides job protection.
- You may coordinate paid time with your employer.
- No waiting period
- Intermittent Leave can be taken in as little as 15 minute increments.
- Bonding leaves must be taken continuously
Maximum Benefit Duration:
- A total of 12 weeks for all combined leave
- Servicemember caregiver leave may extend up to 26 weeks
Coordination with other leaves: FMLA runs concurrently with all qualified leave types including MA PL, MA PFML, and leaves for a disability.