The Caregiver's Journey

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides service members/veterans and their spouses who are employed by companies with 50 or more employees with up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for a seriously-injured service member without losing their jobs or healthcare insurance.

This act may have small adjustments periodically. Please see their Web site for most current information.

Check with your company’s human resources department about your eligibility for unpaid leave under the FMLA. Know your company’s caregiver leave policies. Explore alternative working arrangements, such as flexible hours, working from home, reduced hours, etc.

Some states and employers have more extensive policies regarding leave for caregiving. To see what your state policies are, check out:

  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • State-specific Web sites or offices